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Reading Books: Does It Really Improve Memory?

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Reading books is one of the few universally revered pastimes in this increasingly skeptical world. The activity has the power to teleport us to different places and dimensions. As if there weren’t enough reasons to take up reading, a 2015 study by Northcentral University even declared it good for your memory.

Keep reading to learn how the activity benefits your recall.

Recalling is a Natural Part of Reading Books

When you’re reading a novel or series in which every plot point is connected by several side plots, you have no choice but to remember the details. Even though some writers recap the important bits of the last book in the next one, you’d still much rather have all the details in your head.

The more you make a conscious effort to remember things in your book, the more it becomes a habit you practice in other parts of your life.

Reading Reduces Stress

Stress affects the human brain’s ability to create short-term memories. When you don’t form short-term memories, you don’t have much to convert into long-term memories. Reading directly reduces stress by up to 68% and indirectly leads to better overall recall.

The activity is known to relax the human body by lowering the heart rate and releasing muscular tension, contributing to stress relief and all the side effects that come with it.

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Reading Slows Down Cognition Decline in Older Adults

As you age, you’re more susceptible to degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and other chronic conditions that eventually lead to complete memory loss.

According to the finding of a recent study, reading activity slows down this decline of cognitive function in older adults. Since avid readers suffer from brain lesions and tangles less often than occasional readers, they’re also less likely to suffer the brain damage that leads to cognitive decline later in life.

Pick Up a Good Fiction Book for Better Recall

Reading does, indeed, benefit your memory, and what better way to pick up the habit than by starting with an award-winning author like Joseph Woodward. If you like biographical historical fiction and action-adventure, you’ll find the best of the genre in his dystopian and alternative history novels.

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