5 Effects of Reading on the Brain
5 effects of reading on the brain
Research shows that reading a novel can improve brain function on a range of levels.
Researchers found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function.
- In studies, reading fiction was found to improve the reader's ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes
- use imagination
- Improves brain connectivity
Here are 4 positive effects of reading and engrossing yourself in fiction.
READING MAKES US MORE EMPATHETIC
It is interesting to note that fiction readers have the ability to empathize with the emotions of others. Fiction readers can be more empathetic and have an easier time seeing a situation from various perspectives.
BOOKS PROVIDE PLENTY OF MENTAL STIMULATION
Using your brain and mentally stimulating it on a regular basis can help slow down Alzheimer’s and Dementia. For your brain to stay healthy and alert, it needs exercise.
YOU CAN BECOME LESS STRESSED WHEN YOU READ REGULARLY
When you make a habit of reading, it’s easier for your brain to relax and temporarily transport itself to another world. A good book can do wonders to help daily stressors evaporate.
READING CAN IMPROVE OUR MEMORY
When you read, you are actually engaging brain functions such as phonemic awareness, visual and auditory processes, comprehension, fluency, and more. Reading jolts your brain into action, it maintains concentration, and it allows your mind to process current events. The more you read and engage that part of your brain, the easier it is to keep your memory strong.
‘According to the study, reading is a lifestyle choice that is also driven by a desire to unplug from a constant stream of visual information. Readers said things like: “It’s better for me to imagine things in my head than watch them on TV ... It’s an alternate to TV that beats TV every time ... Reading is better than anything electronic.” "I love being able to get outside myself.” One respondent said of the general sentiment of avid fiction reading.’
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