Brain function increases after reading a novel - and stays improved for at least 5 days

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Brain function increases after reading a novel - and stays improved for at least 5 days

Jan 02 2014

Research indicates that reading a gripping novel causes biological changes in the brain which last for days.

21 students took part in US study, all reading Pompeii, a 2003 thriller by Robert Harris. Over 19 days the students read a portion of the book in the evening then had fMRI scans the following morning. Once the book was finished, their brains were scanned for five days after.

The neurological changes were found to have continued for all the five days after finishing, proving that the impact was not just an immediate reaction but has a lasting influence.

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