Shakespeare Makes You Smarter: Proof

Philip Davis studies Shakespeare’s language and its effects on the Brain:

[We found that] while the Shakespearian functional shift was semantically integrated with ease, it triggered a syntactic re-evaluation process likely to raise attention and extra emergent consciousness, and giving more power and sheer life to the sentence as a whole.

In this way Shakespeare is stretching us, making us more alive, at a level of neural excitement…Our findings begin to show how Shakespeare created dramatic effects by implicitly taking advantage of the relative independence – at the neural level – of semantics and syntax in sentence comprehension. It is as though he is a pianist using one hand to keep the background melody going, whilst simultaneously the other pushes towards ever more complex variations and syncopations.


One response to “Shakespeare Makes You Smarter: Proof

  1. It’s a vicious cycle.

    Shakespeare leads to intelligence which leads to depression which leads to Shakespeare.

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