sciencehabit writes: We all know that reading books can make you child smarter, but new research reveals it also makes her brain thinner. Scientists have found that the level of mental stimulation a child receives in the home at age 4 predicts the thickness of two regions of the cortex in late adolescence, such that more stimulation is associated with a thinner cortex. This thinning is actually good for the brain, as it trims unneeded synaptic connections (a process known as synaptic pruning), making information processing more efficient.
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! ×