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WE know do­ing cross­words and other puz­zles can give our brain a boost, but how about read­ing? Cana­dian re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Water­loo in On­tario sug­gest that if we read out loud, we ac­tu­ally re­mem­ber the in­for­ma­tion bet­ter — even a week af­ter­wards. Their study in­vited 95 peo­ple to re­mem­ber writ­ten in­for­ma­tion in four dif­fer­ent ways: read­ing the in­for­ma­tion silently; hear­ing some­one else read it; lis­ten­ing to a record­ing of them­selves read­ing it, and read­ing it aloud. Read­ing out loud – which in­volves an “ac­tive in­volve­ment” – won out, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults, pub­lished in the jour­nal Mem­ory. “This study sug­gests that the idea of ac­tion or ac­tiv­ity im­proves mem­ory,” said co-au­thor Colin Ma­cLeod, of the univer­sity’s psy­chol­ogy de­part­ment.

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