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Reading Is Fundamental

It even changes our brains

(HealthDayNews) -- According to the European Journal of Neurology, reading not only changes the way we see the world, it even changes us.

In a careful neurological exam of 41 women, matched for every trait except the ability to read, there was a distinct area of the corpus callosum, one of the structures that joins the left and right halves of the brain, that is thick in those who could read and thin in those who couldn't.

It appears that this learned ability has a direct effect on the structure of the brain itself, and even helps to bring the two hemispheres together.

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