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The Difference Between Listening and Reading a Book

As a lover of Audible books and a student of psychology, I was intrigued by this article titled 'Is listening to a book ‘cheating?’

Listening to an audio book

Here's an excerpt ...

    "Ever since audiobooks began to gain in popularity more than a decade ago, this question     has been raised: Are kids who listen to assigned books rather than reading them actually cheating? Is reading a book anywhere near the same thing as listening?

In this post, cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham asks and answers these questions. Willingham is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992.

Until about 2000, his research focused on the brain basis of learning and memory, and today, it concerns the application of cognitive psychology to K-16 education. He is the author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?”and “When Can You Trust the Experts?” and “Raising Kids Who Read.” 

From the article by Daniel Willingham "... I’ve been asked this question a lot and I hate it. I’ll describe why in a bit, but for now I’ll just change it to “does your mind do more or less the same thing when you listening to an audiobook and when you read print?” The short answer is ..." 

Click here to read the full article and find the answer.

Article source: The Washington Post.  

What do you think, is it cheating?


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