According to an article by the above title in THE WEEK of October 25th, (pg 19) researchers at the New School for Social Research have found what English teachers have long maintained—that “reading fiction enables people to better understand other people’s feelings and perspectives.”
The Psychologists asked subjects ages 18-75 to read 10-15 pages literary fiction, popular fiction, or non-fiction. Those who read literary fiction scored much higher on tests asking them to read emotions in people’s eyes and faces. This, according to researchers, suggests heightened emotional intelligence. According to study author, Emanuele Castano, in an interview with USA Today, that is probably be because literary fiction “forces you as a reader to contribute your own interpretations, to reconstruct the mind of the character.” That, in turn, according to the article, “may make readers better at empathizing with others and navigating complex social situations in real life.”
So Read On!
Here are three for you.
You’ll find them all on-line at Amazon under my name: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Judith%20Kirscht
HOME FIRES will be out in paperback in January.