Brain study finds that humans are born wired for reading letters and words

The area of the brain that recognizes letters and words is ready for action right from the start.

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  • There's an area of the brain specializing in the recognition of letters and words.
  • Neuroscientists wonder how this faculty develops since it would not be a trait associated with survival.
  • fMRI scans reveal that this region is already connected to the brain's language centers in newborns.
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The best graphic novels for young scientists and thinkers

The visual languages of comics and graphic novels are great exercise for developing brains.

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  • In addition to being fun, studies have shown that the visual language of graphic novels stimulates the brain in ways that complex text can.
  • For some readers, information is easier to process through images than it is through text alone.
  • These graphic novels are great for getting young readers into philosophy, technology, and other scientific narratives.

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  • Over 1,200 business books are published annually.
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Why reading is a form of therapy in times of crisis

Our live stream with Harvard literature professor Lisa New begins at 1 pm ET today.

Time and again, reading has been shown to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic. How can we use literature as therapy during this moment of drastic change?

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Home libraries boost child cognition. These are the best books for every age.

Early reading experiences play an important role in brain development.

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  • Recent studies have shown that children who grow up with books at home have increased literacy, numeracy, and information communication technology skills in adulthood.
  • Bookstores and libraries are great, but according to researchers, early exposure at the parental home matters because "books are an integral part of routines and practices that enhance lifelong cognitive competencies."
  • While age doesn't necessarily dictate reading level, here are titles suitable for children from a few months old up to 17 years.

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