September 1, 2014
A Good Book For A Better Brain
A study from Emory University looked at the lingering effects of reading a story on the brain. Participants read the novel “Pompeii” and were subjected to brain scans each morning and for five days after finishing the book. Scans showed elevated connectivity in the left temporal cortex, which is associated with language, in the mornings after the reading assignment. They said this effect was almost like muscle memory. Elevated levels of connectivity were also seen in the primary sensory motor region of the brain, which is responsible for grounded cognition. For example, thinking about running can activate the neurons related to the physical act of running. So reading not only figuratively puts you in someone else’s shoes, but biologically as well!
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