Book Review: Psychology of Reading
As a book critic, I recently had the pleasure of reading “Psychology of Reading” by Keith Rayner, Alexander Pollatsek, Jane Ashby, and Charles Clifton Jr. published by Psychology Press. This book is a comprehensive guide to the fascinating world of reading and its psychological impact on our brain.
The authors have done an excellent job in compiling a range of theories and research studies to provide insight into how we read, process and comprehend text. The book covers many topics from eye movements during reading to comprehension strategies used by skilled readers.
One aspect that particularly resonated with me was the chapter on the role of attention in reading. It was interesting to learn how our attention is directed towards certain words or phrases in a text and how this can influence our understanding of what we are reading.
Another topic that I found intriguing was the discussion on how individual differences such as age or language proficiency can impact our reading ability. The authors offer practical insights into how we can improve our reading ability depending on these factors.
Overall, “Psychology of Reading” is an engaging and informative read for anyone interested in understanding more about the fascinating process of reading. The book is well written and easy to understand despite its academic nature, making it accessible for both students and general readers alike.
However, I must point out that at times some chapters were quite dense with information making it overwhelming to read in one sitting. Additionally, some sections may require prior knowledge or understanding of certain theories which could be challenging for novice readers.
With that said, I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking to deepen their knowledge on the psychology behind one of life’s fundamental skills – reading. I give “Psychology of Reading” a score of 9/10 for its practical insights and engaging writing style.
Psychology of Reading
publishedDate : 2012-05-22
authors : Keith Rayner, Alexander Pollatsek, Jane Ashby, Charles Clifton Jr.
publishers : Psychology Press
pageCount : 496
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