Shakespeare and Wordsworth boost the brain, new research reveals–at The Telegraph.

New research shows that reading literature is even better for your brain than we thought. I especially like this part:

Scans showed that the more “challenging” prose and poetry set off far more electrical activity in the brain than the more pedestrian versions.

“Thus life we term a spark, a fire, a flame”–Humphry Davy, poet, chemist, author of On Some Chemical Agencies of Electricity (1806). What happens when you read poetry about electricity?

Just in time for my sabbatical: electrical activity, I’m waiting.