Reading a novel can benefit the brain.

Researchers at Atlanta's Emory University invited 21 students to participate in a study in which they all read the same novel over the course of three weeks.

After reading a section of the book, each student was given an MRI scan to see whether there were changes to their normal brain pattern. The researchers found that there was heightened connectivity in the part of the brain associated with language the morning after each reading session. The study found the heightened connectivity pattern lasted for a few days after each section of the book was read.

[Metro Networks]