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A new study corroborates past findings about the value of reading.

Conducted by University of Edinburgh and King’s College London in which the reading and intelligence scores of 1,890 identical twins were taken at age 7, 9, 10, 12 and 16, the findings found that early reading impacts later intellectual development.

The researchers found that earlier differences in reading between the twins were linked to later differences in intelligence. Reading was associated not only with measures of verbal intelligence (such as vocabulary tests) but with measures of nonverbal intelligence as well (such as reasoning tests). The differences in reading that were linked to differences in later intelligence were present by age 7, which may indicate that even early reading skills affect intellectual development.”

Further details can be found in this press release.

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