Reading (a novel) changes your brain

This is news?  No.  I’ve blogged about it before…  couldn’t find my own post anymore so decided to bring it again.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/study-reading-a-novel-changes-your-brain/282952/

Imagine you are biting into a very,  very sour lemon.  The feel of the peel – rubbery and quite fragrant – and then your teeth splitting the peel, the juice splashing out into your mouth – not into your eye hopefully…

Close your eyes for a second and experience this.  Okay, open them again – you can’t read with your eyes closed!

Okay, now tell me (in the comments):  Who could taste the sour lemon juice?  Who flinched at the idea of some of it splashing into your eye?

Reading evokes sensory responses in the brain.  In plain text:  Your brain simulates the things you are reading.

But it gets more interesting:  When you read a novel, these changes can last even five days after the story.

Quote:

““The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist,” said Gregory Berns, the lead author of the study. “We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something may also be happening biologically.”

Our brain apparently allows us to “be” the hero in the book we’re reading, by simulating his experiences.

Put that into yer pipe and smoke it, gamers!

Ha!

Anyone for a good novel?

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4 thoughts on “Reading (a novel) changes your brain

  1. Our brain apparently allows us to “be” the hero in the book we’re reading, by simulating his experiences.

    I can attest to this. I felt like Maurice for a few days after reading said novel by Pratchett.
    😉

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