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How Fiction Makes Our Brains Better

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Published on Jan 9, 2014

Merriam-Webster declared 'science' the 2013 word of the year. But can reading something other than data and facts, say a work of fiction, help improve brain function? Anthony explains the many possible benefits that reading a fictitious book can have on the brain.

Read More:
A Novel Look at How Stories May Change the Brain
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/...
"Many people can recall reading at least one cherished story that they say changed their life."

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy
http://www.scientificamerican.com/art...
"The types of books we read may affect how we relate to others."

A novel look at how stories may change the brain
http://esciencecommons.blogspot.com/2...
"Many people can recall reading at least one cherished story that they say changed their life."

Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/...
"We sought to determine whether reading a novel causes measurable changes in resting-state connectivity of the brain and how long these changes persist."

Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342...
"Understanding others' mental states is a crucial skill that enables the complex social relationships that characterize human societies."

READING LITERARY FICTION IMPROVES "MIND-READING" SKILLS
FINDS A STUDY FROM THE NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
http://www.newschool.edu/pressroom/pr...
"Heated debates about the quantifiable value of arts and literature are a common feature of American social discourse."

http://lifehacker.com/5965703/the-sci...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/art...
http://www.wired.com/business/2011/03...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year Is ... Science!
http://news.discovery.com/history/mer...
"While the Oxford University Press honored "selfies" as its 2013 Word of the Year, celebrating those quickly snapped self-portraits, Merriam-Webster is taking a more academic approach to its annual linguistic spotlight."
Word of the Year 2013
http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/2...
"The Word of the Year, with the greatest increase in lookups, may surprise many people: science."

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Best Geek Reads 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMjhZ3...
TestTube Wildcard
http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-437-p...
Sherlock: Master of Science
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d67num...

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