IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(6): 459-461 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.146

Exploring the Mystery of Literary Reading: A Psychophysiological Perspective

Hui Wei Lin and Mei Hua Hsu

Abstract—To understand the neural processes involved in reading literary texts, we use a four-channel neurofeedback device to measure brain activities in subjects. Among the 22 subjects, 11 were teachers of English (expert reader group) and 11 were students (novice reader group). Following a repeated-measures design in which each subject was instructed to read silently three different texts (two non-literary and one literary) at ordinary speeds, we record the EEG measure and explore changes in brain wave patterns that may correspond to a specific phenomenology of literary experience. Some preliminary findings are presented and discussed in terms of how neuroscience helps to explain the mystery behind reading literature.

Index Terms—Cognition and emotion, brain wavesneuro feedback, literary reading.

The authors are with the Department of Applied English, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy & Science, Tainan, Taiwan 71710 (e-mail: shakevin@hotmail.com , mayhsu@mail.chna.edu.tw).

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Cite: Hui Wei Lin and Mei Hua Hsu, "Exploring the Mystery of Literary Reading: A Psychophysiological Perspective,"  International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 459-461, 2012.

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