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  1. There is a connection between thinking and being smart. There is a connection between learning new things and thinking. There is a connection between learning new things and reading, because much knowledge is contained exclusively in text form.

    Hence the connection between reading and intelligence.

  2. I didn't expect such a question to be asked, but okay.�

    Yes, it is proven, but if I start inserting links or excerpts from all the studies, then I'm afraid it will be quite difficult to master the text, but in the end I will do it.

    The relationship between reading and intelligence is the same as in almost any other activity, but reading has its advantages, as it forces your brain to form new neural connections in several parts of the brain at once.�

    That is, by reading a book, you learn to process information, and each time you do it better (more neural connections – the brain's performance in this area increases – you learn information faster). Next, you expand your horizons, discover that your world is more diverse than you thought before. By reading any text, you improve your written and literary speech, while at the same time comprehending the text, you solve complex moral dilemmas. By reading, for example, nauch.then you learn new things and get rid of the prejudices that all these years “occupied” an extra place in your brain. Reading special literature – you understand the topic described.�

    * Researchers at the University of Liverpool measured subjects ' brain activity as they read poems by Shakespeare, Eliot and other famous poets. It was found that reading poetry leads the brain to a state of increased arousal, which persists even after stopping reading. The areas associated with autobiographical memory were particularly active. Additionally, the scientists retold the content of the poems “in their own words”. So, reading these retellings had almost no effect on brain activity.
    * Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on 12 students who read 30 pages of Robert Harris ' historical thriller “Pompeii”every day. The scans showed that reading caused increased activity in the left temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex, which is associated with speech activity and cognitive abilities in the central gyrus, which is responsible for sensorimotor responses. Moreover, arousal persisted in these areas even after reading the book. The researchers also found that readers experience “body semanticization”, when in the process of thinking about an action, the configuration of interneuronal connections begins to repeat their configuration at the moment of performing this action. For example, thinking about swimming can lead to the formation of the same interneuronal connections as the physical process of swimming
    itself .Researchers at Stanford University asked a group of literature PhDs to read a novel by Jane Austen while inside a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. And in different ways. First they read “just like that”, and then they were asked to focus on analyzing the text, as if they would have to make a report at a scientific conference. It was found that analytical, detailed reading requires performing a certain complex cognitive function, which is usually not involved. During the transition from reading “for pleasure” to “analytical” reading, there is a sharp change in the types of nervous activity of the brain and the nature of blood circulation in the brain.
    * American researcher Robert Wilson and a group of scientists for 6 years observed a group of almost three hundred people of senile age (on average, about 89 years). And after the death of the subjects, their brains were examined for the presence of pathological changes. It turned out that people who read more than average during their lifetime were 32% less likely to have memory problems, while people who did not read at all lost memory 48% faster than those who spent an average amount of time on this activity.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/five-ways-reading-can-imp_b_12456962 – here we have published an excerpt of the work of scientists.

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Reading-and here according to the standard, our favorite wiki, only here in English, where there are dozens of sections and descriptions of the impact of reading on the human brain.

  3. Previous commentators have confused intelligence with erudition. Reading makes a person more erudite, but not smarter.

    There is no connection between just reading and intelligence. Otherwise, every housewife who reads a cookbook should be called an intellectual.

    Intelligence is what lets you know which books benefit you and which don't.

    Expanding your horizons and all that-it's about erudition.�

    Intelligence has other tasks: it helps you use your precious time for good. That is, it helps you find useful knowledge and filter out useless ones.

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