Sunday, December 3, 2006

From Psychology Today...

"A study in press at the Journal of Research in Personality showed that frequent readers of narrative fiction scored higher on tests of empathy and social acumen than did readers of expository nonfiction. A follow-up study showed that fiction could actually hone these skills: People assigned to read a New Yorker short story did better on a subsequent social reasoning task than did those who read an essay from the same magazine."

Don't know exactly what this means, nor do I have the research details. But, being a fiction reader and a therapist, I liked it!


jay are said...

Yeah!! I like that study.

LK said...

That's pretty nifty.

Another reason why Lit classes are so important!