Resolve to Read

By , January 4, 2012 9:02 am

by Philippe Cloutier

Human civilization as we know it has been able to flourish and prosper thanks in large part to reading. The ability to relay experience and knowledge from one to another over generations has proved its worth from Babylonia to the Age of Reason and so on. Our development as a species paired with reading makes it come with little surprise that we demand the printed word (or digitally scribed text) in order to better our brains. As the United States’ global educational ratings tank, a dearth of reading is easiest to blame.

The enlightening article linked above sources information from a Washington University in St. Louis study. The study claims to be:

 …shedding light on what it means to “get lost” in a good book — suggesting that readers create vivid mental simulations of the sounds, sights, tastes and movements described in a textual narrative while simultaneously activating brain regions used to process similar experiences in real life.

I’m near certain that librarians already know this. Yet there is nothing like having the evidence to support us. And considering annual resolutions, reading just might be the more noble goal for society, families, and the individual.

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