ATG Quirkies: Comprehension Police Ticket “Speed Reading”

Looking for ways to fit more reading into your over crowded schedule? Well, unfortunately there aren’t any short cuts. At least, that’s according to a comprehensive review recently cited in Inc. on the effectiveness of the techniques and computer apps that tout the concept of speed reading.  

books-1082949_1280 The study’s author Elizabeth Schotter, a psychologist at the University of California, San Diego sums it up by noting “The available scientific evidence demonstrates that there is a trade-off between speed and accuracy–as readers spend less time on the material, they necessarily will have a poorer understanding of it.” Or as article author Jessica Stillman succinctly puts it:  “The bottom line: sure you can read faster but you won’t really understand what you’re reading, so what’s the point?”  

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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