Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Reasons for Reading

From Neurology, in research-speak, it was noted that one can make "deposits" to one's Cognitive Reserve (CR), which can come in handy when one is perambulating around a heavy lead environment. The NYT, in its weekly Tuesday Science section, in human-speak, concluded that "good readers retained much of their skills (skills involving attention, memory, mental calculations and decision making), even as they, too, were suffering damage to their nervous systems (from heavy lead exposures)."

I love that term, Cognitive Reserve (CR). For those of us who are readers, an actual health benefit seems to be self-generating when we slog on through books. Now, for some of us, let me be a name-dropper and mention Ms. Jagosaurus (who seems to read books once a week through the advanced concept of Laying of Hands and absorption), this Cognitve Reserve must be overflowing past the brain's storage capacity. It's as if she's generating her own electricity and her meter's turning backwards. CR scientists should investigate if these CR deposits can be inter-brain transferred, you know, like the money we switch back and forth on our Internet bank accounts to dupe ourselves into thinking that money, contrary to the law of physics, can be in two places at once.

And now we''l be able to answer that Tennessee Waffle House Waitress' question, What ya readin' for?

Well, to increase my Cognitive Reserve, of course!

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I am not at liberty to reveal how I manage to read so many books except to say that I am a fast, somewhat obsessive reader.

As for my Cognitive Reserve, I am fairly certain it is greatly over-estimated. I do, however, agree that reading is extremely good for cognitive health.
I respect your reading methodology and won't press the issue.
I also respect your opinion of Cognitive Reserve's possible bloated reputation, as your reading reportoire most probably included tomes on that specific subject.

However, my self-imposed health regimen relies heavily on a daily dose of self-delusion, so your comment segment "that reading is extremely good for cognitive health" will be enough medicine for me to concoct the (probably faulty) equation of cognitive health = CR deposits.
I think the general idea of Cognitive Reserve is terrific but the reputation of mine is surely overrated.
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