Audiobooks Are Not Cheating
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As we head into a back-to-school season unlike any we have ever known, let audiobooks provide comfort, company, entertainment, and education to your young patrons and families. After all, audiobooks are not cheating! Here is the science behind WHY:

As Far As Your Brain Is Concerned, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’
By Melissa Dahl
This question — whether or not listening to an audiobook is “cheating” — is one University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Willingham gets fairly often…If, he argues, you take the question from the perspective of cognitive psychology — that is, the mental processes involved — there is no real difference between listening to a book and reading it. So, according to that understanding of the question: No, audiobooks are not cheating. Read the full article.
Is listening to a book ‘cheating?’
By Valerie Strauss
Ever since audiobooks began to gain in popularity more than a decade ago, this question has been raised: Are kids who listen to assigned books rather than reading them actually cheating? Is reading a book anywhere near the same thing as listening? In this post, cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham asks and answers these questions…
“Cheating” implies an unfair advantage, as though you are receiving a benefit while skirting some work. Why talk about reading as though it were work? Read the full article.
Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It?
By Daniel T. Willingham
Each is best suited to different purposes, and neither is superior.Read the full article.

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