192 Brain function ‘boosted for days after reading a novel’

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Reading a gripping novel causes biological changes in the brain which last for days
as the mind is transported into the body of the protagonist.

Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable
changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have
said.

The new research, carried out at Emory University in the US, found that reading
a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological
changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory.

I ? Word Understanding
Protagonist ? main character
gripping novel – interesting
heightened ? higher or increased

II ? Have Your Say
1. Reading can help prevent Alzheimer’s.
2. Parents are the most important reading role models for children and
young people.
3. Empathy is the ability to understand and share others feelings.
“Don’t judge a man until you have walked into his shoes.”

II ? Have Your Say
1. Reading can help prevent Alzheimer’s.
2. Parents are the most important reading role models for children and
young people.
3. Empathy is the ability to understand and share others feelings.
“Don’t judge a man until you have walked into his shoes.”

192 Brain function ‘boosted for days after reading a novel’

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