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Reading, Technology and...Still With Us? Attention Span

As we all spend more time scanning websites and email, we seem to have less patience for longer articles and books. But new research says skimming short items online may actually be changing our brain's ability to digest dense, long-form writing. We consider how technology is changing our reading brains and how we might strike a balance between different types of reading at different ages.

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