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As all booklovers know… January 20th 2014, posted in Ideas, Small things

… books change your life.  And your mind.  Something science has recently been examining.  How do books affect us biologically?  Researchers at Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy examined the “lingering neural effects of reading a narrative.”  They  found that even days after reading the story, participants’ brain scans showed heightened activity in several areas, suggesting the potential for longer-lasting changes.

“The fact that we’re detecting th[ose changes] over a few days for a randomly assigned novel suggests that your favorite novels could certainly have a bigger and longer-lasting effect on the biology of your brain.”

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