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MRI findings confirm reading can change your emotional state

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I was fascinated by January 4th 2014 in the Science section of the British newspaper The Independent referencing research from Emory University, it revealed that reading a gripping novel can trigger measurable changes in brain function, lingering for as long as five days. The research found reading a compelling book may cause heightened connectivity and neurological changes in the brain, which registered in the left temporal cortex, an area associated with language reception and other important brain functions such as sensory and motor activity. “The neural changes we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist,” said Professor Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist and author of the…

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