Not too long ago, a study was conducted with a group of people who were asked to read 30 pages of a book before bed. The next morning, the participants had an MRI of their brains.
The results showed heightened connectivity in the left temporal cortex, which is the area of the brain associated with language and intelligence.
The participants’ brains were still heightened from their books the night before — at the same level.
So, this means that the brain is like a muscle and by exercising the muscle (by reading, learning, etc.), you can strengthen it.
Pretty cool, right?
Absolutely an interesting study, but there are also plenty of ways that reading improves your mind and your body.
Strengthens The Brain
When you’re reading a book, you have to remember a lot of things.
The plot, the characters, the settings, the unfolding of events and each character’s desires.
By exercising your brain to remember these details, a new synapse is being created and existing ones are being strengthened.
In Layman’s terms, please? It means that your brain is literally improving its short-term memory.
Improves Your Health
Researchers have found that reading can reduce stress by 68 percent.
It makes sense: those who create a ritual to read a few pages before bed often sleep better. This is because their mind is exercising and they’re not focused on screens like phones or televisions.
(You guessed it: that only works with real books, not e-readers!)
You know how they say children’s brains are like sponges? It’s true!
Children who are exposed to reading before preschool are proven to improve in all facets of formal education.
They are also able to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment more than those who are not exposed to reading.
Ready for a cool fact? Reading a book exposes your child to 50 percent more words than a television show would.