Scientific Speedreading [SC18]

Course highlights



Course days

Single-day course (3.5 hours) with 8 weeks online exercises


Hieab Adams, Gennady Roshchupkin

Course fee

€ 200


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL



Detailed information about this course:


You are probably familiar with speedreading, but participating in a workshop is something you wouldn’t do that quickly. Increasing your reading speed twofold without it affecting comprehension just seems too good to be true. You could easily use the time of learning how to read faster for things like studying.

In 2011, this same skepticism led us to investigate the theory behind speedreading from a scientific perspective. In collaboration with the Neuroscience department of the Erasmus Medical Center, numerous techniques were tested for their ability to improve reading speed and comprehension. This knowledge was applied in a series of courses that were featured in the Quest magazine.

Starting October 2014, NIHES is offering a renewed version of this course that includes the use of non-invasive eye-tracking technology. During this 3.5-hour workshop, you will be doing hands-on experiments to understand the theoretical background of speedreading. The newly learned techniques will then be applied to reading material, which we will try to provide in your native language. Additionally, you will receive a two-month subscription to our online course environment with exercises to further improve your reading speed (3 hours per week). Furthermore, exams will be performed within this environment to test your progress. Successful participation will result in receiving a certificate that proves you attended this course. Credits do not count toward the NIHES MSc or DSc programme. 

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Participant profile

We welcome: University students, Erasmus MC employees, Companies (e.g., teambuilding), for on-site courses please contact the organisers; Other interested participants.Please note the following: Wearing of glasses is allowed; however, should this be possible, contact lenses are preferred. Enrollment in groups of two is encouraged, since exercises will done together with a partner.


Attendance, Assignment(s)

Reduction on fees


50% reduction on our fees for participating institutes of NIHES

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the departments or sections participating in NIHES.

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam:

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Psychiatry, Section of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Department of Medical Informatics
  • Department of General Practice
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management
  • Generation R

50% reduction on our fees for NIHES affiliated partners

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the following NIHES affiliated partners:

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam, departments of:

  • Dermatology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam (iMERR)

Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital

  • Department of Cancer Epidemiology

25% reduction on our fees for partner institutes of NIHES

For participants formally appointed at the following departments, institutes:

  • Departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above)
  • Addiction Research Institute (IVO)
  • Integraal Kankercentrum Zuid (IKZ)
  • Pallas Health Research and Consultancy
  • Municipal Health Service Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam)
  • Municipal Health Service Rotterdam (GGD Rotterdam)
  • Havenpolikliniek
  • Admiraal De Ruyter Ziekenhuis

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students
Please state your supervisor/promotor’s name and email address on the application form (remarks field).

25% reduction on our course fees (maximum 3 EC points per academic year) for all NIHES alumni
Please state that you are a NIHES alumnus/alumna and the academic year you graduated (remarks field). Please note that the reduction on fees for alumni does not apply to the Erasmus Summer Programme.