Speed Reading

I made a quick mention a while back of an app with an interesting approach to helping people read faster, called Spritz.

While speed reading has generally been debunked as increasing the speed of reading at the cost of comprehension, this seemed different enough that maybe those findings wouldn’t apply. Alas, it looks like approaches like these may suffer from their own problems in terms of harming comprehension.

This is a perfect case where a research article (the one debunking Spritz) fits my bias (that there is no free lunch when it comes to reading speed), so when I read it, I did not go on to seek out disconfirming evidence, so there may well be more to the story.


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