REaD in Action

Our research is not only happening behind closed doors: On different occasions, we present it to the public. Some impressions can be found here.

Das Team von REaD in der Bibliothek
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REaD in 3 Minutes

Pauline Schroeter beim Famelab | Pauline Schroeter at the Famelab | Lange Nacht
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At the Famelab "Further thoughts on edcuation - 8 times 180 seconds" in terms of the Long Night of Sciences 2015 Pauline Schröter from REaD explained word frequency, length and neighborhood size effects in reading to the interested visitors.

Watch the talk here (in German).

REaD at the Federal Press Office

Within the open day of the Federal Government, Team REad presented their work at the Federal Press Office. Visitors could test their word recognition skills at the "Word Game" and learn more about the research of REaD.

REaD at Night 2015

Besucher messen sich beim Wortspiel |Visitors compete at the Word Game | MPFG RE

This year, the MPI for Human Development took part in the "Long Night of Sciences" again. Team REaD prepared several activites for this occasion. In the "Letter-Zoo" and at the "Music-Memory", young children could prove their language and musical abilities. In the Eyetracking-Lab we demonstated how eye movements can be measured during reading. At the "Word Game" and "The Lexicon in your Head", young and old visitors could test their word recognition abilities in different ways.

REaD on TV

A team of the german TV-Show "nano" visited us in December 2014 and took a closer look on our work. The resulting record about our research aired in January 2015.

To the show

Practice makes perfect

The children's programme "Kakadu" of the german radio broadcast "Deutschlandradio Kultur" dealed in the show "Practice makes perfect" with the question whether constant practicing leads to success. Among others, Sascha Schroeder was invited as an expert.

Reading - an easy challenge?

In an event for collaborators, sponsors and employees of the "Stiftung Lesen" (eng.: German Reading Foundation), Sascha Schroeder held a talk about children's reading acquisition. With 65 participants, he discussed among other things how children's reading development can be supported at home.

More Information (in German)

REaD - mirrored Part 2

Sascha Schroeder and Team REaD contributed to the cover story of the SPIEGEL (German magazine, edition 50/2014) "The future of reading".

To an extract (in German)

REaD on Air

Wie verändern sich Lesegewohnheiten? | How do reading habits change?
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In the Radio Show "PISAplus", Sascha Schroeder talked with other experts about the future of reading habits regarding the technological progress.

To the show (in German)

REaD at the Children's University - Part 2

Team REaD bei der Kinder-Uni 2014 | Team REaD at the Children’s University 2014
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This year, REaD participated in the Children's University of the "Freie Universität Berlin" again. Students of different ages could learn more about the development of reading and writing within the presentation "The Secret of Letter and Word".

The earlier the better?

An article of the german magazine "Spektrum" (eng. "spectrum") deals with the question at which age children should learn a second language. Among others, Pauline Schröter was consulted as an expert for this topic.

REaD in the "ZEIT"-Magazine

Wie lernen Kinder lesen? | How do children learn to read?
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The Edition 35/2014 of the German Newspaper "DIE ZEIT" contains an article about REaD's work.

REaD bilingual

Pauline Schröter contributed to an article about early bilingual education in the German magazine "WirtschaftsWoche".


The audience listens to Sascha Schroeder’s workshop | "REaD"
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For the start of the research program "Bildung durch Sprache und Schrift (BISS)" (eng.: "Education through language and writing"), Sascha Schroeder led a workshop on "Reading education and development: mechanisms and determinants". You will find further information here (in German).

REaD - mirrored

Besides other scientists, Sascha Schroeder contributed to an articel about "Reading in the Internet" in the German Magazine "Spiegel Online" (engl.: Mirror online).

REaD reports

Lesen macht Freude | Reading is fun
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The Year Book Record 2014 of the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development written by Sascha Schroeder deals with current questions about children's reading habits.

To the Year Book Record

REaD museal

Das Exponat im Deutschen Museum | The exhibition in the German Museum | MPFG REa

This year, REaD represents the Human Science Section of the Max Planck Society in the German Museum in Munich. With "Wordgame", visitors can compete in reading speed.

The Museum

REaD in "MaxPlanckResearch"

MaxPlanckResearch 3.2013 | Cover

The edition 4/2013 of the "MaxPlanckResearch" contains an article about REaD.

To the article

To the complete journal

REaD's invitation

Symposium | Teilnehmer | Participants

Together with his collegues Simon Liversedge (University of Southampton) and Jukka Hyönä (University of Turku), Sascha Schroeder, leader of REaD, organized a symposium called "Developmental eye-tracking research in reading". About 40 international participants met in October 2013 in Hannover to talk about their research on eye-movements in reading development.

REaD at the Children's University

Sascha Schroeder bei der Kinder-Uni an der Freien Universitaet Berlin | MPFG REa
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The Children's University at "Freie Universität Berlin" took place from September 2. - 6. 2013. About 2.000 children from primary schools took part in the different activities presented for them. At Sascha Schroeder's talk, children learned more about the science of reading and could pose their questions about the topic.

REaD ministerial

REaD beim BMBF |
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On August 24 and 25, 2013, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research opened its doors for the public. The main topic this year was demographic change. The REaD-Team took part with an interactive experiment where fast and accurate reading was tested.

REaD at night

Forschungsgruppe REaD | Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2013

Team REaD participated in the "Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften" ("Long night of science"). Children and adults could test their reading ability - especially their reading speed - in an experiment.


The "Long night of science" exists for more than ten years now in Berlin and Potsdam. Scientists present their special areas until late at night. This year, 75 scientific institutions took part and about 30.000 visitors came to see their presentations.

REaD Ahoy

Die MS Wissenschaft |

REaD was travelling on the "MS-Wissenschaft" in 2013. The exhibition on the ship enabled visitors to investigate scientific topics within interactive experiments. REaD contributed the "Wordgame" where visitors could test their reading ability.

International Mother Language Day

The "International Mother Language Day" was designed by the UNESCO to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and mulitlingualism. It is taking place on Febuary 21 every year. On this occasion, Sascha Schroeder, Leader of the Research Group REaD, explained the process of development from oral to written language. You can find the article here (in German).

"Mouse Door-Opening Day"

Tueröffnertag 2012 im MPI fuer Bildungsforschung | Simon Tiffin-Richards erklä
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"Why are some words easier to read than others?", "How do the eyes move over a book page while reading?", "Do children and adults read different?" -

These are questions the REaD-Team tries to answer. On the "Mouse Door-Opening Day", children and their parents could look behind the scenes in the reading lab.

The scientists showed how body- and eye-movements can be tracked while reading and how writing and speech can be analyzed digitally.

A complicated procedure...

An article about reading and its different developmental stages, including an interview with Sascha Schroeder (in German).