Posted By Roger Stritmatter on October 9, 2011
Don’t look now, but Shakespeare makes you smarter. At least, that’s what the neuroscientists are saying.
This article from BigThink reports on research by Professor Philip Davis from the University of Liverpool’s School of English, conducted with assistance from colleagues in neuroscience, showing that Shakespeare’s “creative mistakes…shift mental pathways and open possibilities” for what the brain can do.
In the words of BigThink’s Daniel Honan, this means the ways Shakespeare’s “deliberate syntactic errors” — like changing the part of speech of a word– can serve to excite, rather than confuse, readers.
Why doesn’t that surprise us?