Last week’s edition of the New York Times Sunday Review had a very interesting article on what happens to your brain when you read fiction. The article quotes a number of studies that found, among other things:
- When we read a word with scent associations, like cinnamon, both the language-processing and smell-processing areas of our brains are stimulated. The same is true for texture and movement.
- “Individuals who frequently read fiction seem to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and see the world from their perspective.”
Take a look at the article, then check out RDC’s library catalogue to find a new work of fiction to stimulate your brain!
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