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Re-reading old books 'enhances the experience'

books Updated: Feb 16, 2012 10:18 IST
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Re-reading your favourite books or re-visiting your favourite holiday spots is actually good -- these enhance a person's experience, says a new study.

Researchers from American University the University of Arizona have shown that many people benefit from rereading familiar stories as the encounter "reignites" their emotions and increases their knowledge.

Similar advantages can be gained from revisiting old haunts such as a favourite beach abroad or a particular church or monument, according to the study.

"Even though people are already familiar with the stories or the places, re-consuming brings new or renewed appreciation of both the object of consumption and their self. Especially prone to re-consumption are hedonic experiences, sought for their rich emotional, cognitive, and sensorial responses.

"People should not hesitate to go back and re-read or re-view what they have already done. A once in a lifetime experience can easily appeal to people again," the researchers were quoted by 'The Daily Telegraph' as saying.

They have based their findings on an analysis of a survey of a group of people from the US and New Zealand, who were asked about the pleasure gained from the "rereading of books, re-watching of movies, and revisiting of geographical places".