They lived in castle, with walls of gritty stone, floor made of medieval marble, overlooking the deep blue Waters of the Mediterranean Sea as they sipped sweet wine from the gold- encrusted chalices…if you imagined yourself in this, then congratulations! You have just rewired your brain. But how?!
Simple, you taught yourself something new by reading. Surprised? Well, according to neuroscience, you must keep reading more books (those Instagram and Twitter fight threads won’t rewire your brain but will rather fry it, literally!) This habit is very common among successful people.
Studies have revealed that reading transforms our brain for the better. Need evidence? Well, a study has revealed that short term reading helps individuals develop more empathy and a higher EQ (Emotional Quotient). This happens when readers put themselves in the character’s shoes and imagine their life according to the storyline.
While deep reading for an extended amount of time enables your brain to grasp complex designs and improve focus, when you are a bookworm, you’ve completely changed your brain for the better. How? Well, according to Harvard professor Joseph Henrich, your brain has undergone a renovation.
- You’ve renovated a specialized area in you left ventral occipital temporal region.
- Transfered facial recognition to your right hemisphere.
- Reduced your need for holistic visual stimulation.
- Increased your verbal memory.
- Thickened your corpus callosum; a vital information bridge that connects the left and right hemispheres of your brain.
But by reducing or not reading at all, your brain will lose some vital abilities including concentration and understanding. So reading is a win-win for both yourself and your brain. Now that you’ve read this far, you’re rewired your brain once again!