Reading is a worthwhile pursuit in a number of ways; whether one is gaining new knowledge or being entertained by rich description, or engaging plots, books can help alter our perspectives and improve our lives. Any reader can list such benefits, but as we know the world of science often needs to weigh in on a topic to quantify the positives and make us all certain that what we love to do by impulse or feeling is indeed have a basis in rationality. Emory University, out of Atlanta, has recently completed a study that assesses the effects of reading on the brain, including suggested long term benefits. There are apparently physical impressions made on the body when one reads a novel and is “transported into another world”. The Atlantic has a piece on this, which you an access here.