Nothing is sexier than seeing someone lost in a good book. Here are just some of the reasons why scientists are proving readers make better lovers.
Readers are more prone to self-reflection and understanding your needs.
Reading, especially poetry, stimulates the posterior cingulate cortex and medial temporal lobes linked to our brain’s most introspective state. The University of Exeter’s study, lead by Adam Zeman, would suggest that people who read “emotionally charged writing” became more “involved in the understanding of others’ beliefs.” This makes readers more likely to take stock of their own experiences in light of what they’re reading and show greater compassion for the feelings of others.
Readers brain’s experience sensuous “chills” just thinking about that thing you do.
An Emory study by Gregory Burns put students in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine shortly after reading a novel and found heightened connectivity in the primary sensory motor region, the central sulcus. This stimulates the neuron regions associated with the body in a “grounded cognition” seen most commonly in athletes. Even more titillating? Burns suggests, “The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist.”
They’re less likely to forget your anniversary.
Novel readers are constantly developing and reinforcing connectivity in the brain and working out the left temporal cortex brain muscles connected to memory and receptive language. But even more important, readers showed an increased ability for understanding the beliefs and desires of others compared to that of non-readers. (So if they do forget, you’re way more likely to get an apology.)
Their chill vibe makes them ready to give you a back rub and ask you about your day.
Dr. David Lewis, cognitive neuropsychologist at the Mind Lab in Essex, found that reading for just six minutes can reduce stress levels by up to 68%. “This is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness,” he believes.
They’re hotter than non-readers.
In a study conducted by Mark Prokosch of North Carolina’s Elon University, more than 200 research participants confirmed that intelligence that sparks romantic interest almost as much as physical appeal. Prokosch’s study found that smart is sexy in both long-term relationships and short-lived flings, as is creativity. He noted that subjects “rated creativity was considerably more susceptible to the influence of physical attractiveness, suggesting that participants might be equating creativity with sexiness.”
Readers are varsity-level flirts.
It all starts with some witty repartee, a few flirtatious texts, maybe a coyly winking email or two. And when it comes to vocabulary for flirty banter, size matters. Scholastic reported a direct connection between consistent readership and vocabulary; perfect for crafting exactly the right “come-hither” text message.