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10/24/2013 08:42 am ET Updated Dec 24, 2013

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: Why Paper Still Beats Screens

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One of the most provocative viral YouTube videos in the past two years begins mundanely enough: a one-year-old girl plays with an iPad, sweeping her fingers across its touch screen and shuffling groups of icons. In following scenes, she appears to pinch, swipe and prod the pages of paper magazines as though they, too, are screens. Melodramatically, the video replays these gestures in close-up.

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