New Research Finds Reading Changes Brain Connectivity

Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person, but what actually happens inside your brain when you read a great novel?

 A new study in which students read a thrilling novel and then had their brains scanned reveals heightened connectivity within the student´s brains following the nightly reading assignment and then again five days after they finished the book. The areas with enhanced connectivity, were the area of the brain associated with language comprehension and the area associated with sensations and movement. It´s not clear how long these changes persist but the author states,

“At a minimum, we can say that reading stories –- especially those with strong narrative arcs -– reconfigure brain networks for at least a few days. It shows how stories can stay with us. This may have profound implications for children and the role of reading in shaping their brains.”

Click this link to read the entire article from The Huffington Post

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