Reading Literary Fiction Builds Human Awareness

A recent study in the journal Science, whose results were also covered in the New York Times piece on October 3, 2013 (“I Know How You’re Feeling, I Read Chechov”) underscores the importance of reading literary fiction. While popular fiction tends to be plot-driven and to work off of stereotypes, literary fiction presents readers with nuance, inner reflection, and personal turmoil without connecting all of the dots.  “Reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence.”  

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