Read the First Paragraph of This Post Out Loud*

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That should do it; you can stop now. (If you didn’t read it out loud, go back and do it now; I’ll wait.)

So what was the point of having you read that first paragraph out loud?

A study from the University of Waterloo has found you are more likely to remember something if you read it out loud. The study found that speaking text aloud helps to get words into long-term memory. Dubbed the “production effect,” the study determined that it is the dual action of speaking and hearing oneself that has the most beneficial impact on memory.

Colin M. MacLeod, a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Waterloo, co-authored the study with the lead author, post-doctoral fellow Noah Forrin. In addition to this production effect, MacLeod notes that doing puzzles and crosswords, along with regular exercise and movement, may also help strengthen the memory of seniors.

Hopefully at this point you realize I write something every day (1,075 straight days), but you may occasionally forget my web address or get busy with something during the day. As a result you might miss out on a chance to say to yourself, “I can’t believe what nonsense Borden posted today!” And who doesn’t like that feeling of superiority over someone?

So to lessen the likelihood of that, just read the final paragraph out loud:

must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com; must read jborden.com;

*P.S. Don’t be shy about doing this in public spaces; there may be memory benefits for those who are in close proximity as well…

**photo found at http://www.emmersionlearning.com/power-reading-loud/

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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