I just wanted to draw your attention to some fascinating research on the act of reading…
Neuroscientists have discovered that reading stimulates several different parts of the brain, not just our language-processing centres. When we read metaphors such as ‘”a rough day”‘ or ‘”a velvet voice”‘ our sensory cortex (our touch processor) lights up. And when we read the words ‘”coffee”‘ or ‘”perfume”‘ our primary olfactory cortex (our smell processor) becomes active. Reading stories also helps us to develop social skills; the parts our brains which govern interaction are active when we read.
What do you think?:
Are ‘great’ writers particularly good at stimulating multiple parts of our brain?
What impact could these studies have for the study of literature?