About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Reading Novels can Boost Brain Functions

by Bidita Debnath on December 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Font : A-A+

 Reading Novels can Boost Brain Functions

Reading a novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that could remain for at least five days after reading, suggest researchers.

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

Advertisement

The changes happened in the left temporal cortex, an area of the brain associated with language receptivity, as well as the primary sensory motor region of the brain.

For the study, 21 students read the same book - Pompeii, a 2003 thriller by Robert Harris, chosen for its page turning plot.

Over 19 days, the students read a part of the book in the evening then underwent fMRI scans the following morning. Once they finished the book, they underwent brain scan five days after.

The researchers found that neurological changes remained for all five days after the students finished the book, proving that the impact was not just an immediate reaction but had lasting influence.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines May Improve Mental Health
Printed Temperature Sensors help with Continuous Temperature Monitoring
Health Benefits of Giloy
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Parkinsons Disease Parkinsons Disease Surgical Treatment Brain Brain Facts Ataxia Language Areas in The Brain Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) 

Recommended Reading
E-novels Popular in UK as Christmas Gifts
Electronic books have become popular in Britain as Amazon reported that Kindles were the biggest ......
Jane Austen's Novels Gives Your Brain A Good Workout
U.S. researchers have found that a close reading of Jane Austen's novels, like Pride and Prejudice, ...
Young People Prefer Celeb Magazines, Internet Blogs to Classic Novels
Gone are the days when youngsters would immerse themselves into a classic novel, for the youth ......
Ataxia
Ataxia affects coordination. Gait becomes unstable and the patient loses balance. The cerebellum or ...
Language Areas in The Brain
The mechanism of how human brain processes the language to express and comprehend the verbal, writte...
Parkinsons Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease caused by progressive dopamine brain cells loss. ...
Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
Intelligence quotient (IQ) is a psychological measure of human intelligence. Regular physical and me...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use