- Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia used fMRI scanners to identify brain networks associated with reading stories
- The study showed heightened connectivity in an area of the brain associated with understanding language after the reading of a novel
- It suggests reading a novel can transport a person into the body of a book’s protagonist as neural changes are linked with movement systems
Many people have claimed that reading a special book has transformed their life, but now scientists have discovered that enjoying a novel can make a real, measurable change in the brain too.
U.S. researchers used fMRI scanners to identify brain networks associated with reading stories and found that changes in the brain linger for a few days after reading a powerful work of fiction.
They set out to unravel the mystery of how stories ‘get into’ the brain and find the lingering effects of literature.
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