HOW A BOOK REALLY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE: BRAIN FUNCTION IMPROVES FOR DAYS AFTER READING A NOVEL

MASON COLLEGE & PASS TUTORIAL COLLEGE,FESTAC,LAGOS

  • 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.

Scientists from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, said reading a novel can cause changes in the 'resting-state connectivity' of the brain, which can last for days. 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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