Harry Potter Helps Unlock The Secrets Of The Brain

December 1, 2014 2:36 AM

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Harry Potter did a lot to get kids reading, and children all over the world are still discovering the joy of reading thanks to the adventures of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. It makes sense then that neuroscientists would use the books to study how our brain analyzes the written word.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Machine Learning Department recently conducted a study of eight adults who read chapter nine in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while hooked up to brain imaging hardware. Due to the constraints of the hardware, the participants couldn’t actually read the book, but ...

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