Study: Reading a Novel Changes Your Brain

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/study-reading-a-novel-changes-your-brain/282952/

Study: Reading a Novel Changes Your Brain

College students experienced heightened connectivity in their left temporal cortexes after reading fiction.

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1 Comment on Study: Reading a Novel Changes Your Brain

  1. Keith
    January 11, 2014 at 4:35 am (2 years ago)

    The study on which the article is based, “Short and Long-term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain” (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/brain.2013.0166), describes the science of the study in considerable detail. I’ve often felt that reading fiction is important for both mental acuity and emotional stability. This study confirms the former; I wonder if anyone is studying the latter. I’ve averaged reading a novel every 14 days for the past 40 years–more than 1000 novels–while continuing a fairly heavy dose of professional reading.

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