Open Education Database (OEDb)’s online journal published an article,Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read. Each of the ten things that happen to our minds when we read is linked to an article that further explains it.
For example: Item 9 Reading changes your brain structure (in a good way). Carnegie Mellon researchers found that children who were poor readers increased the volume of white matter in the language area of the brain after following a six month daily reading program. The study proved that brain structure can be improved by helping kids become better readers.
On my end of the age spectrum, a 2009 Mayo clinic study found reading a book and other cognitive activities could decrease the risk of mild cognitive impairment. Whew!!
Hat Tip: What Kids Are Reading