All entries for Thursday 11 October 2012
October 11, 2012
Writing about web page http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/september/austen-reading-fmri-090712.html
Jane Austen has been in the news this week with the announcement of research suggesting that critical reading is good exercise for your brain. The research study used a passage from Mansfield Park to look at the cognitive effects of different forms of reading, but the results of the research have much wider applicability to literary studies in suggesting that critical literary reading "provides a truly valuable exercise of people's brains".