Being a complete book work, I’ve frequently wondered whether reading makes people smarter. Popular belief is that TV makes you stupid, and reading a book makes you smart. I don’t quite belief it’s that simple, but apparently there is some truth in it.
New scientific research discovered that reading fiction books, actually changes your brain waves to allow you to “live” the life of the protagonist. This means your brain actually changes so you can experience the book to its full glory. This is incredible news and explains why you tend to get lost in your own little world when you read a good book.
This also supports the theory that reading makes us smarter. Take for example the scientific study that shows our brain changing depending on the story we’re reading. The study does point out that this is a short term effect, so whether it makes you smarter in the long terms isn’t clear at all. What is clear though is that this constant effort makes our brains more powerful. Whether it is enough to convince people to start reading, I don’t know. For me personally, it’s just an added bonus.
Interestingly, lately I’ve been experimenting with various brain exercises and brain supplements to make me smarter. So reading this research came at just the right time. If you’re interested in finding out more about brain pills, I’m currently using a nootropic after reading a CILTEP review. I’ll update all of you on the results when I have something to share with all of you.
Here’s a great and entertaining video explaining the scientific study and giving you some more explanations on whether reading boosts our brain.
Leave a comment below to let me know what you think? Do you think that reading books has made you a smarter person?