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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.