Researchers from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., have found a way to measure reading comprehension by mapping the brain waves of study subjects, who were asked to read part of an 1893 novel by Emile Zola and a string of random words. By analyzing brain waves, researchers said they hope to discover why some students can read complex text but fail to understand the meaning. "There's so much research out there showing the importance of working memory to reading comprehension, so this is another reminder," said Julia A. Mossbridge, a research associate at Northwestern.

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