Your brain on books

Book can have change your brain! For the better of course and can play as a huge contributor for health brain functioning. So yeah, book nerds… we smart! Many researchers say that it can even lower the risk of scary diagnoses such as Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. giphy.gif

But seriously, National Academy of Sciences conducted a study that concluded that elderly people who read and/or played challenging games were 2 1/2  times less like to develop Alzheimer disease.

Makes sense, right? Brain is a organ that we can be trained and strengthen. We are capable of imagination, emotion, friendship, recognition, and interpretation; all of which can be used through reading book. Not actively using your brain for long periods of time can lead to having weakened brain functioning.Oh my.

Big websites and phone apps claiming that their service or games can provide high IQ’s and the ability to train specific parts of the brain such as spatial reasoning are BULL. The truth is that the games don’t necessarily not work because it does use your brain but reading a book has been found to cause brain activity in just about all sections of the brain. Like bright ass sections on brain scans! So people, stop looking for shortcuts and read a book.

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When the brain has new memories the brain creates new synapses or connections and remembering a memory strengthens existing synapses, which increases long term memory. FYI it takes less than 30 seconds to form a long term memory!

Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University has this to say:

“Typically, when you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight. By and large, with oral language—when you watch a film or listen to a tape—you don’t press pause.”

Quote from here

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Anyway, stress can lead to a number of factors including high production of cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol is produced normally under stress and is absolutely necessary hormone but high and prolonged levels can be detrimental for your health. Like permanent brain damage detrimental…Seriously, a University of California study found chronic stress can change the structure of the brain and increase the risk of mental disorders and other mental dysfunctions.

Guess what? Reading can lower stress. In a University of Sussex study, reading is the most effective form of lowering stress in comparison to listening to music, walking, drinking tea, and playing video games. Score one for books.

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It is generally more common idea that to build analytical thinking you would want to practice your mathematical skills. Practicing calculus really can promote higher analytically think but -surprise- reading can too! How exciting, who wants to relive trigonometry class? Reading promotes the ability to “decode” patterns, similar to mathematics. Cool huh? Check out this article for more about it.

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Books are more than just fun pockets of imagination bubbles. Theses are just some positive impacts on your brain! Hope to do a part two of this later.

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