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Ever Feel Like You’re Inside the Protagonist’s Brain? Well, You Just Might Be, Sort Of!

A person’s favorite book says a lot about him or her; but the book won’t simply reveal that person’s literary tastes. Research from Emory University shows that books can actually change the way you think — for at least a little while.

Just like how reading fiction can increase empathy by allowing readers to more fully understand characters’ motivations, it can also cause the reader to internally experience events portrayed in the novel. This, in effect, transports the reader into the body of the protagonist — which is a pretty neat feeling.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to end. Even though this little change in your brain and the way you feel is temporary, you can have it again and again if you just keep reading more books! Time for a trip to the library!

Find out more about how reading can affect the brain!

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