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Reading a Novel May Cause Heightened Brain Activity and Connectivity

The Los Angeles Times reports on a new study published in Brain Connectivity that has found that reading a novel may cause measurable brain changes even days after reading. Researchers recruited 21 undergraduates who were asked to read 30-page segments of a novel and whose brains were scanned the next morning and for days after. “The results showed ‘heightened connectivity’ in the left temporal cortex, an area of the brain associated with receptivity for language, and also in the central sulcus, the brain’s primary sensory motor region.” Researchers believe that the increased activity occurs because readers transport themselves into the mind of the protagonist and “neurons of this region have been associated with tricking the mind into thinking it is doing something it is not.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in Brain Connectivity.