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Research at the University of Liverpool has found that Shakespear-
ean language excites positive brain activity, adding further drama
to the bard's plays and poetry.
Shakespeare uses a linguistic technique known as functional shift
that involves, for example using a noun to serve as a verb.
Researchers found that this technique allows the brain to under-
stand what a word means before it understands the function of
the word within a sentence.
This process causes a sudden peak in brain activity and forces the
brain to work backwards in order to fully understand what Shake-
speare is trying to say.
By throwing odd words into seemingly normal sentences, Shake-
speare surprises the brain and catches it off guard in a manner
that produces a sudden burst of activity.
Experts believe that this heightened brain activity may be one
of the reasons why Shakespeare's plays have such a dramatic
impact on their readers.