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Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them

A new study found that young children whose parents read to them regularly have greater brain activity than children whose parents don’t.

Dr. John Hutton, lead author of the study, and his team used functional MRI scans to measure real-time brain activity in children as they listened to stories. Results showed that the more often children were read to at home, the more brain activity they showed while listening to stories in the research lab.

Dr. Hutton said that having story time at home “is not just a nice thing to do with your child, it’s important to their cognitive, social and emotional development.”

Read more about the new study in The New York, Huffington Post, and CNN.

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