MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Monday, January 6, 2014

Your Brain on a Thriller [via David Angsten]

 




"Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said.  The new research, carried out at Emory University in the US, found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory.
"'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,” said neuroscientist Professor Gregory Berns, lead author of the study."
 
The key word is "gripping."  Read the full article HERE.

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