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Tag Archives: Literature

Five tips to get reading again if you’ve struggled during the pandemic

We all read much more than we give ourselves credit for. GoodStudio/Shuttertsock Alexandra Paddock, University of Oxford and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, University of Oxford Like many people, you may have resolved this New Year to read more in 2021 and spend less time on your screens. And now you may be wondering how to find the time to do it, especially …

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The science of the plot twist: How writers exploit our brains

Shutterstock.com/tsaplia Vera Tobin, Case Western Reserve University Recently I did something that many people would consider unthinkable, or at least perverse. Before going to see “Avengers: Infinity War,” I deliberately read a review that revealed all of the major plot points, from start to finish. Don’t worry; I’m not going to share any of those spoilers here. Though I do …

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How reading habits have changed during the COVID-19 lockdown

People have sought more security and safety in their reading. Andrii Kobryn/Shutterstock

People have sought more security and safety in their reading. Andrii Kobryn/Shutterstock Abigail Boucher, Aston University; Chloe Harrison, Aston University, and Marcello Giovanelli, Aston University During times of crisis, people find themselves faced with lifestyle changes. One of the earliest and most noticeable changes seen during the COVID-19 lockdown was how we consume media — and especially how we read. …

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