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The Listening Brain and the Reading Brain
Have you ever wondered why listening to an audiobook is such a different experience from reading the same book off the page?
There's the obvious differences, of course. You're taking in the material more slowly, with the full opportunity to savor the nuances of the writer's style and expression. You're listening to another person, not to your own voice inside your head. But modern brain science has something to add to all that, as shown below.
Of course, there's a lot more going on than two brain scans can show. However, isn't it interesting that the two experiences are so different--even at the physiological level in the brain? It's clear that two different experiences are involved, and two different kinds of responses.
Of course, any audiobook fanatic would tell you that!