Matt Langione, a subject in the study, reads Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Results from the study suggest that blood flow in the brain differs during leisurely and critical reading activities.
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October 9, 2012 Could modern cognitive theories explain character development in one of Jane Austen's most famous heroines: Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennett? Reading sessions inside an MRI scanner are shedding light on the question.
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July 28, 2010 What do you get when you cross Pride and Prejudice with one of Chuck Palahniuk's most popular novels? Answer: Jane Austen's Fight Club.
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