Reading strengthens the brain’s connectivity
Using MRI scans, researchers have confirmed that reading strengthens a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain. As your reading ability matures, these networks become stronger and more complex. In a 2013 study, researchers used functional MRI scans to measure the impact of reading a novel on the brain. Study participants read the novel “Pompeii” for 9 days and observed that as the tension in the story increased, more and more areas of the brain lit up with activity.
Increases your empathy ability
studies have shown that people who read books develop a high ability to understand the emotions and beliefs of others. Researchers call this ability “theory of mind.While a single session of reading literary fiction may not evoke this feeling, research shows that long-term fiction readers tend to have a more well-developed theory of mind.
Improves your vocabulary
Research shows that students who read regularly, starting at a young age, gradually develop large vocabularies, and vocabulary can impact many aspects of life, from scores on standardized tests to college admissions and job opportunities. Reading books is the best way to increase your exposure to new words learned in context.