Why Reading Fiction Makes You a Better Person

Dr. Gregory S. Berns, Neuroscience faculty member, is mentioned in a Mother Nature Network article for his study of reading fiction and the brain. In his 2013 study, Berns and his colleagues looked at the brains of a group of people reading fiction over a nine day period. Ultimately, they determined that reading enhances connectivity in the brain even after the reading activity is over. 

"Even though the participants were not actually reading the novel while they were in the scanner, they retained this heightened connectivity. We call that a 'shadow activity,' almost like a muscle memory," said Berns.

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