A new study reinforces previous ones that have found the cognitive and emotional impacts reading can have on us — besides just the literacy and content knowledge we gain. You can read about those previous studies at The Best Resources On “Becoming What We Read.”
This new study showed — through brain scans — how reading makes our brain feel like we are part of the story:
‘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, ’Professor Berns said.
Here are links where you can read more about the study:
How a book really can change your life: Brain function improves for DAYS after reading a novel is form The Daily Mail.
A novel look at how stories may change the brain is from Eureka Alert.
Reading Changes Brain’s Connectivity, Study Suggests is from The Huffington Post.
Reading a Novel Alters Your Brain Connectivity — So What? offers a different perspective on the research.