Is ‘War and Peace’ too daunting? Just read it with your ears

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Is ‘War and Peace’ too daunting? Just read it with your ears

Whether you read text or listen to it, it stimulates the same parts of the brain, researchers have found

Sarah Knapton

Book snobs who insist that reading literature is superior to listening to an audiobook may want to look away now.

Neuroscientists have discovered that the same cognitive and emotional parts of the brain are stimulated whether a person hears words, or reads them on a page.

A YouGov study carried out in 2016 found that just 10% of Britons believed that listening to an audiobook was the same as having read the physical version, with the majority believing it was a lesser form of culture...

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