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Monday, February 2, 2009

Reading is by no means a passive activity

'Reading a good book prepares you for real life. Scientists have found that, far from being a way to avoid reality" Reading a good book is also a good way to stimulate your mind, relax you, educate you and many other things. There is still nothing better than relaxing with a good book.
clipped from www.guardian.co.uk

Reading Bridget Jones could improve your love life, new study shows

Oliver Twist in the Howard Davies film from 1948
t's the news we've all been waiting for: reading a good book prepares you for real life. Scientists have found that, far from being a way to avoid reality
could make you better able to cope with similar situations in the real world
A brain-imaging study carried out by psychologists at Washington University
used functional magnetic resonance imaging to track brain activity as participants read short stories, finding that reading is by no means a passive activity
Instead, as participants read from a 1940s text about the daily activities of a young boy, activity in different brain regions increased depending on what was going on in the story
So, if the character in the book "pulled a light cord", brain activity increased in the frontal lobe region which controls grasping motions. As the character in the story
This study suggests that readers do mental simulation when they comprehend a story
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