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How we read

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Constantly scanning and skimming online test and articles is actually affecting our ability to read.

UCF Professor Dr. Christian Beck said new research shows are brain is out of shape. But there are ways to dig deeper and focus on the way you read.

Dr. Beck said the research does not surprise him because he not only sees a lack of digging deeper in his students, but he constantly has to slow himself down as well. Dr. Beck said "the message is the medium." When we read vertically on a screen instead of horizontally in a book, it is actually creating different synapses in our brains.

He said first it is important to change your reading space. We often connect action and content to actual space, so something like switching rooms or chairs could actually help you focus.

Next, practice slow reading. If you notice yourself always skimming when you read, take 15 minutes a day to focus your attention on slowing down when you read.

Finally, do not always read from your tablet, computer or smart phone. Read from a print text. Going back to reading horizontally will help you regain your focus.

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