There's another way books may be good for your health.
New research from Emory University suggests that reading novels can actually lead to neurological changes in your brain. Not just the linguistic areas of your mind, but also in the parts governing physical activity.
So when you examine the brain after reading a novel, it looks as if you've been physically in the protagonist's shoes, too. For more on this, we're joined by the lead author of this study, neuroscientist Gregory Berns.