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Your Brain on Shakespeare

What, ho! Researchers in England report that reading Shakespeare "positively excites" your brainwaves. To which Martha and Grant say: "Duh!"

Your Brain on Shakespeare

Originally aired May 19, 2007

What, ho! Researchers studying brainwaves report that reading Shakespeare “positively excites” your gray matter. Martha and Grant’s reaction? “Duh!”

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