Monthly Archives: July 2013

It’s official – reading literature makes us smarter!

DSC00561Readers have known it all along, but now there is research to prove it…..research psychologists in Canada have completed a number of surveys which indicate that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. Another study found a similar result in young children: the more stories they had read to them, the keener their “theory of mind,” or mental model of other people’s intentions. Deep reading can be likened to a hypnotic trance where brain activity is elevated and enhanced.
So….keep reading!

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2013/06/03/why-we-should-read-literature/#ixzz2ZBQihvcl

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Parkouring – new urban adventures

runParkour can be described as a creative way of getting from A to B quickly and efficiently, using only your body and the physical surroundings to propel yourself. It can include running, jumping, sliding, vaulting, rolling and more.
Parkour is non-competitive. It may be performed on an obstacle course, but is usually practiced in a creative (and sometimes playful) reinterpretation or subversion of urban spaces.Parkour involves ‘seeing’ one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for movement around it.[Wikipedia]
In Tim Sinclair’s exciting new novel ‘Run’, Dee invents an alternate world to escape his mundane life. With parkour he is not running away – but he is free. Sinclair uses the visual text to add to his narrative.

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