20 Proven Benefits of Being an Avid Reader

Great article here about reading – courtesy of my mate Tyson Adams.

Tyson Adams

This fMRI scan reveals distinctive increases in brain activity during close reading across multiple brain regions, with strength of activation shown in red for horizontal cross sections of the brain. This fMRI scan reveals distinctive increases in brain activity during close reading across multiple brain regions, with strength of activation shown in red for horizontal cross sections of the brain.

If TV is the lard developing, heart attacking inducing, entertainment form, then reading is the brain workout. I’ve previously posted about how reading is good for the brain, but science is keen on finding out more, so there is always new research that brings up cool findings. I’m reposting an interesting article I found (here) that lists some benefits from reading with links to the research, proving that reading is good for you.

ENHANCES THE SENSES

Merely reading a word reflecting a colour or a scent immediately fires up the corresponding section of the brain, which empathises with written experiences as if they actually happened to the audience. Researchers believe this might very well help sharpen the…

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2 thoughts on “20 Proven Benefits of Being an Avid Reader

  1. Not only is TV all that you have said, it also brainwashes the public into acceptance of the third rate – we are training ourselves not to think – see how twitchy people are when not plugged in to their I-pods, telephones, TV’s or computers – reading encourages independence of thought – man cannot progress without

  2. Indeed, jancat1000. It’s also amazing how many people I meet who want to become writers (I blame the old adage, ‘everyone has a book inside them’ for this) while readily admitting that they don’t ‘really’ read for pleasure.

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