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A good book can rewire your brain

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Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2013 12:29 AM by AlexMuller

The scientists behind a novel study into reading say that when we immerse ourselves into a work of fiction, lingering changes occur in the connectivity of our brains. The intriguing new findings, by researchers at Emory University, have been published in the journal Brain Connectivity.

 
"Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person," says neuroscientist Gregory Berns, lead author of the study. "We want to understand how stories get into your brain, and what they do to it." His research, conducted over 19 consecutive days, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the after-effects of reading a "gripping" narrative.
 
For the study, all the subjects read the novel Pompeii, a 2003 thriller by Robert Harris that is based on the real-life eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ancient Italy. Berns says he chose this book because of its page-turning plot. "It depicts true events in a fictional and dramatic way," he explained. "It was important to us that the book had a strong narrative line."
 
For the first five days, the participants came in each morning for a base-line fMRI scan of their brains in a resting state. Then they were given nine sections of the novel, about 30 pages each, over a nine-day period. They were asked to read the assigned section in the evening, and come in the following morning. After finishing the assigned reading, the participants underwent an fMRI scan of their brain in a non-reading, resting state. After completing all nine sections of the novel, the participants returned for five more mornings to undergo additional scans in a resting state.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-31
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fMRI has been used to discover many new things about brain function and reading a good story is as any other activity that is engaging brain function should have some consequences- now we know Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-31
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It is very interesting that brain connectivity was changing in in the left temporal cortex, an area of the brain associated with receptivity for language and in the central sulcus of the brain, associated with tricking the mind into thinking it is doing something it is not, Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-31
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We already knew that good stories can put someone in a situation to be idenetify with a fictional person. Now we're seeing that something may also be happening biologically. Reply
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