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Are People Who Read Fiction Smarter Than Those Who Read (Only) Non-Fiction?

In writing fiction we all have reasons and goals for our stories and our characters that are larger than plot. At least I do. I aspire to create themes that resonate with readers and word images and emotions that will pass the test of time, enable my readers to transcend and be informed through the characters insights or circumstances whether political, religious or gender related.

The information in this article that my friend and fellow writer, Maureen sent me supports those aspirations with the SCIENCE behind why we read fiction. So are people who read fiction smarter than those who read (only) non-fiction? According to author and psychologist Keith Oatley, who says that by ‘imagining many possible worlds, fiction helps us understand ourselves and others’, maybe so.
The article, Changing Our Minds by Keith Oatley is at the Greater Good. To read article…

After you read this piece you may interested in reading “The Lady with the Little Dog,” by Anton Chekhov as is referenced in the article, so I’ve found it on-line for you. Click here.

One comment on “Are People Who Read Fiction Smarter Than Those Who Read (Only) Non-Fiction?

  1. Stephen Hayes
    February 14, 2012

    Thanks. I'll check these out. Happy Valentine's Day.

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