GOOD NEWS for all my readers! Scientists have now confirmed that reading novels like Pedersen’s Last Dream can cause biological changes in the brain that act as a booster, which can linger for up to five days or more. Admittedly, the researchers at Emory University in the US did qualify their findings by specifically using the words ‘a good book’ but the distinction is just a triviality, to my mind, and probably made for legal reasons.
Neither did the research team mention my novel Pedersen’s Last Dream by name, though it wouldn’t surprise me if they had used it in the research. Certainly, they made no mention whatsoever of not using it. You can make whatever you will of that. I know very well what it could mean.
Readers of Pedersen’s Last Dream finding no noticeably benefical effects on their brains, should try reading it over and over again until the benefits begin to shine through. Just because they don’t experience biological changes immediately doesn’t necessarily mean Pedersen’s Last Dream isn’t any good, it might just mean that theirs is the wrong type of brain, or not up to the task. I cannot be held responsible for the lack of quality of your brain, anymore than you can take credit for the brilliance of mine.
This new information was gleaned from a recent piece in The Independent. According to the article, research carried out at Emory University in the US showed reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory.
Read the full article here: Brain function ‘boosted for days after reading a novel’
Happy New Year!
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