Finding: Reading literature enhances empathy and understanding


March 6, 2014

Here’s an easy fix to social awkwardness — reading! A recent study found that participants assigned short excerpts of literary fiction scored consistently high on tests measuring empathy or social intelligence. The theory is that literary fiction gets you to imagine the thoughts and emotions of complex characters — which exercises and strengthens your empathy muscles, boosting your ability to navigate real relationships in the real world. 

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