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Impact Of Classic Literature On The Brain

Posted by Admin on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Under: Interesting!

Reading books can help your brain – of that there is little doubt. But a new scientific study and a recently released book have taken that concept to an entirely new level, showing that what you read, how you read, and how you apply lessons learned from the experience could have a tremendous impact on your thought-processes and problem-solving skills.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at Liverpool University, monitored the brains of 30 subjects as they read the classic works of authors such as William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, and TS Eliot, Julie Henry, Education Correspondent with The Telegraph, reported on Sunday.

First, they read the author’s works in their original forms, then they had them modernized to make the prose and poetry easier to understand. Brain scans demonstrated that the original, less straightforward versions “set off far more electrical activity in the brain than the more pedestrian versions,” Henry said.


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