Reading a good book can affect you, it can give you a good feeling, can take you out of the present moment, can help you to relax.
The effects of a good book
Emory University’s researchers were wondering if the impression of a good book – books can make you reflect or change your mind – can cause visible changes in the brain.
Apparently reading a novel can cause positive changes in the brain that maintain for up to 5 days.
Theory of Mind
MRI scans showed that different areas in the brain are involved when reading. What became clear is the so-called ‘Theory of Mind’. This is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.—to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that are different from one’s own. A positive influence to increase your cognitive development.
Reading increases the connection between the two brain halves. It supports your imagination, helps you to relax. Exactly the ingredients you need to succeed with your PhD and to help you in your thinking process.
So read good books, it will help you with your PhD.