Did you know that in the United States, some have decided to treat their peers… by reading. These librarians are not yet numerous, and their specialty is not recognized by the university. Certainly. However, the idea that reading is good for your health it’s nothing new. As proof, here are some examples of benefits.
Reading fluency would help to be good at math
The areas of the brain stressed during reading are also at work in other seemingly unrelated activities, such as mathematics, as one researcher demonstrated in a scientific study.
Published in the journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience on February 12, 2021, it was originally about dyslexia.
Here, researcher Christopher McNorgan, who works in the psychology department at the University of Buffalo (United States), was able to identify dyslexia in 94% of cases. He worked from functional MRI scans carried out on two groups of children, one devoted to reading, the other to mathematical exercises. In addition to the ability to accurately diagnose dyslexia, this experimental model revealed that cabling the brain for reading also had a role to play when doing math.
“These discoveries overwhelmed me”, Commented Christopher McNorgan in a communicated. “They enhance the value and importance of literacy by showing how reading fluency reaches all areas, guiding how we approach other tasks and solve other problems.“, he added.
“These results show that the way our brains are wired for reading actually influences the way the brain works for math.”Said the researcher. “This means that your reading skills affect the way you approach problems in other areas and help us better understand [ce qu’il se passe chez] children with learning difficulties in reading and math”, He detailed. He believes that it is now scientifically proven that literacy has positive consequences far beyond just knowing how to read.
Reading is stress-relieving
According to researchers at the British University of Sussex (Canada), it takes about six minutes for the reader to be in a state of calm, once playback has started. What are the physical signs seen when reading? A decrease in muscle tension and heart rate. Clotilde, 43, a business woman who runs all day long, observes: “I have crazy days where I run all the time. My reading time, in the evening, in my bed, is an essential moment when I feel that my body is calming down and returning to normal. ”
Read to live longer
Live longer by reading? Again, scientists have looked into the issue. A study conducted by researchers at Yale University in the United States and published by the journal Social Science & Medicine, reveals that those who used to read a book for at least 30 minutes a day were running 20% lower risk of dying in the next 12 years. But not all readings are created equal. To get the most out of the cognitive benefits of reading, it is best to To read novels as newspapers or magazines.
Reading develops sensitivity and empathy
Developing sensitivity, empathy, being able to put yourself in the place of the other … Here are so many beautiful qualities that you can develop by having your nose bent over a book. This is what researchers have found in children who read Harry Potter (study “The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing prejudice”, 2014). Those who identified with the hero of the saga found it easier to feel empathy facing a marginalized person.
Reading awakens babies
American pediatricians recommend that parents read stories aloud to the baby, even very small. The reasons ?
- Help the child to speak well: the evening story stimulates the brains of the little ones, helping them to build their sense of speech and, later, of writing.
- Replace screens : instead of leaving babies alone in front of a television or a computer, the story allows for active language learning by associating words with pictures. Even if you feel like your child is too small to understand, they absorb what you take the time to show them, much better than in front of a screen.
- Learn more words and build vocabulary : books are a source of adventures and magical stories, but also the source of a rich vocabulary. Researchers believe that the words in picture books are more diverse than those used by parents. Daily reading therefore makes it possible to bring a richer vocabulary to the child.
- Have a good time : we are not going to lie to each other, having to interrupt the evening to read a story to the little ones is sometimes painful. But once you are quietly seated near the bed, sharing this family moment is pleasant for parents and children alike. And these rituals of happiness form the basis of fond memories for toddlers.
When the baby grows up and enters school, we must continue to nurture his taste for books and, of course, promote his Learning to read. This is how the Americans set up an original program … with dogs! The idea: to encourage children to read without fear of being picked up by an adult. An idea to follow in France?
Read to be happy
Reading makes people happy, and our readers talk about it the best. On our Facebook page, we asked you a few months ago why you like to read. Which words came back most often? “To relax, to escape, to educate myself …” Let us leave the last word to Marie-Françoise who testified thus:
“There are at least 20 reasons I love reading: here are a few. Reading, I travel, I dream, I learn, I think, I escape, I rest, I enjoy... Knowing how to read is one of the magic of my life. At the end of my first grade I had received a book as a prize of some sort, it was the first and since then I have always had an open book not far from me. ”