Fascinating post from The Reader on line
The Reader Organisation’s research partners, Professor Philip Davis and his team at CRILS (Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems at the University of Liverpool), have used brain scans to demonstrate that challenging literature “shifts mental pathways” and prompts new thoughts in readers.
Working with the university’s magnetic resonance centre, the researchers used scanners to monitor the brain activity of volunteers as they read works by writers such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Eliot. They then “translated” the text into more straightforward, modern language and repeated the test. The scans showed that the original “challenging” literature created much greater electrical activity in the brain, as well as interconnections between the different hemispheres.
Professor Philip Davis, who is due to present his findings at the North of England Education Conference in Sheffield this Thursday, stated:
Serious literature acts like a rocket-booster to the brain.
The research shows the…
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