Brain Activity

College students are fast readers, and research shows that their brains are particularly adept at focusing on relevant information for a term paper or the next exam.

As we age, studies show that our reading speed slows down. But a new volume of “Progress in Brain Research” reports that older adults are better at broadly comprehending what they read, according to a Parade magazine article reporting on the research this week.

In the studies, college students and older adults were asked to read material that included seemingly extraneous information. While the older group took longer to read it, the older adults performed better than the students in overall comprehension that included the extra items.

An older brain, then, takes away more overall meaning through reading. But college students still have the advantage when it comes to cramming!

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