Fascinating post from The Reader on line

The Reader Online

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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  1. As much as I like the ideas presented here by professionals involved in developing schemes run by The Reader Organisation, I am concerned that if their expertise and facilitator training limits the numbers of people who can avail themselves of it, because of cost or location of training events, it may take solutions for keeping well out of the hands of those that need it, a recent enquiry as to whether anything was operating locally proved fruitless, except I was told some organisations have commissioned some training, they were not at liberty to say which….seems like an anomaly to me…excluding many whose health could be aided by ‘training’ to use their own voice?!


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