Today I was wondering; do books make you smarter?
My son’s school tweeted the benefits of reading daily and how it makes you grow as a person. I thought this would be a great topic of interest for our readers; who wouldn’t want to be smarter?
So here’s how you can be smarter and grow from reading books:
- you wonder, you question and you imagine when you read.
- you think, you feel, you connect, you infer, you learn, and you find something interesting.
I say yes that books make you smarter. Okay there’s going to be some people out there that will point to the fact that “trashy” books do the opposite.
Maybe to certain people it will have that effect, but if those “trashy” books give something in return to those that read it, it’s not a valid point.
My point is, your brain is working in deciphering the words in the book which in turn makes you imagine, feel, solve or connect to the story.
Can reading make you smarter?
The correlation between reading and intelligence is so very close that some call it symbiotic. Fostering a habit of reading daily can make any person smarter.
There’s also scientific evidence to suggest that reading can make you smarter. Scientists have gone ahead and categorized the 3 different types of intelligence.
- Firstly, there’s crystallize intelligence- the type of intelligence where you learn or acquire, like when riding a bike or vocabulary.
- Secondly, there’s fluid intelligence- those that can figure out patterns and solve things.
- Thirdly, there’s emotional intelligence- this is do with understanding other people’s emotional state; understanding your feelings and that of others.
In a study ” What Reading does for the Mind,” authors Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich suggests that reading and its cognitive consequences have a profound effect on the development of the wide range of cognitive abilities.
Cunningham and Stanovich confirm that the more you read the more the positive cognitive consequences. They agree with theorists that reading more as a child is the direct result of a better vocabulary.
Reading habits and differences among children are key reasons that reflect their vocabulary levels and differences. In addition, reading more also helps with verbal intelligence.
Cunningham and Stanovich conclude:
“Those who read a lot will enhance their verbal intelligence; that is, reading will make them smarter.”
The brain is a muscle after all and daily exercise of it will maker it stronger! Now that you have my 2 cents, what are your opinions; do books make you smarter?
Let me know about your reading habits and what books make you smarter!
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