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Reading Harry Potter Gives Clues to Brain Activity

Leila Wehbe, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, displays images that used brain scans made from volunteers in a recent experiment while in her office on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. Images show a combination of data and graphics compiled as each word of a chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was flashed for half a second onto a screen inside a brain-scanning MRI machine. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Leila Wehbe, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, displays images that used brain scans made from volunteers in a recent experiment while in her office on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. Images show a combination of data and graphics compiled as each word of a chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was flashed for half a second onto a screen inside a brain-scanning MRI machine. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

WASHINGTON— Reading about Harry Potter’s adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real...




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