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The Science Of Reading

Are you reading enough? It’s a fair question. There’s no wrong answer. Do give it some thought though.

As we grow into adulthood, and try as we might, when it comes to reading for personal enjoyment, we just sometimes catch ourselves setting less and less time aside for it.

Bibliophiles of all shapes and sizes, all across the northern hemisphere, are all enjoying their “summer reading” right now. Be it fiction, non-fiction, periodicals, biography, philosophy, adventure modules, or graphic novels, there’s just no substitute for a satisfying summertime read.

What have YOU been reading this summer?
Let us know, in the Comments section below =)

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Science helps us to better understand why reading is a good habit to have. Long Island’s edition of the Natural Awakenings publication recently wrote a noteworthy report on the benefits of reading, and it touches upon an interesting study performed by Stanford University, as follows:

The love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys, and experiments. The results indicate that readers of fiction are more empathetic towards others. By engaging with a story, they are temporarily placing themselves in a character’s shoes, thus fostering empathy in real life, and literary reading amplifies this effect.

According to a Stanford University study, reading a challenging book also helps us become smarter, as well as more empathetic. By attempting to tackle harder books, we create new connections in our minds that we might not have done otherwise. Neuro-scientist Bob Dougherty remarks, ‘The right patterns of ink on a page can create vivid mental imagery and instill powerful emotions.’

David Comer Kidd, author of another related study, observes, “Like opening a window to let fresh air into our home, literature opens up our minds to the myriad ideas that we wouldn’t be able to experience on our own. We can pause to analyze the experiences depicted as if they were our own, expanding our experience of the world.’

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