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How does the brain adapt to reading?

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If you are looking for examples of physical activity, you need to look at some of the areas most associated with language, such as the frontal and temporal lobes. Activity increases in these areas when reading takes place, and connections are made across pre-existing (or pre-developed) structures of the brain, meaning that reading requires multiple structures to be activated. To further your understanding, you may wish to look at language acquisition, learning of phonics, and the differences in brain structures between children learning to read, experienced adult readers and illiterate adults.

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