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People Who Are Illiterate May Be Three Times As Likely To Develop Dementia

New research has found that people who are illiterate, meaning they never learned to read or write, may have nearly three times greater risk of developing dementia than people who can read and write.


Learning to Read in Your 30s Profoundly Transforms the Brain

New research shows that when adults learn to read for the first time, the changes that occur in their brain are not limited to the outer layer of the brain, the cortex, but extends to deep brain structures in the thalamus and the brainstem. This was observed in illiterate Indian women who learned how to read and write for six months.


Harry Potter Reveals Secrects of the Brain

Carnegie Mellon University scientists used a chapter of the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to identify what different regions of the brain are doing when people read. Researchers performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of participants as they read the chapter.