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Your Brain on Books

From preschool to old age, it never changes: One of the best ways to grow and stimulate your mind is to read often, widely and deeply.

Here are four great reasons:

You cross-fertilize ideas. When you read outside your normal genre, you encounter new ideas to combine with your previous knowledge and inspire innnovative  thinking.

Reading is almost as good as doing. The same brain areas used for learning new tasks also kick into gear when simply reading about them.

It encourages logical thinking. Story structure helps you organize things into a beginning, middle and end, linking cause and effect.

It can improve your brain structure and health. In both children and adults, reading has been shown to pump up important areas of the brain.

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