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Monday, October 7, 2013

Literary Fiction and Enhanced Social Skills

After reading literary fiction (as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction), people "performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence."  Researchers say "the reason is that literary fiction often leaves more to the imagination, encouraging readers to make inferences about characters and be sensitive to emotional nuance and complexity." Click here to read more about the study.
One of the pieces of "literary fiction" cited in the study