Friday, October 02, 2009

Reading Kafka Makes You Smarter

From Science Daily: Reading a book by Franz Kafka – or watching a film by director David Lynch – could make you smarter. "The idea is that when you're exposed to a meaning threat –– something that fundamentally does not make sense –– your brain is going to respond by looking for some other kind of structure within your environment," said Travis Proulx, a postdoctoral researcher at UCSB and co-author of the article. "And, it turns out, that structure can be completely unrelated to the meaning threat."

My colleague watched Ace Ventura 2 with his daughter and swears it lowered his IQ. Can the same be said for some reading? Where's that study?

1 comment:

Slugtrail Slime said...

It is totally my experience that when narrative structure is unchallenging my mind seems to dull!

Claudia Ranike recently said in an in interview for Poets.org,

"A bad poem, for me, is if I read a line, or two lines, and you know what the next line is. You see the world of it, before it sees itself. The minute that happens, it's already done. It's finished."

Perhaps this translates into other mediums.