How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently, According to Science

There’s a perception that books are good, while TV is bad. Spend a day curled up with a book and you’re an intellectual, but spend a day watching your favorite show and you become a couch potato.

Similar to how candy gives you cavities and sun tanning is bad for our skin, it’s common knowledge that reading books is good for you. It increases your knowledge and makes you think. Watching television on the other hand kills off brain cells.

But why is that? Why can’t watching TV be just as educational as reading a book?

A study was done on how reading a novel affected the brain. NS faculty member Gregory Berns and his colleagues at Emory University wanted to see the before and after effects of reading based on fMRI readings.

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