A new study published in the journal Science concludes that when we read literate fiction (not those steamy beach reads), we are more likely to perform better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence. Research suggests that reading literary fiction requires us to use our imaginations, compelling readers to infer and heighten our awareness of emotional nuance. Read the full article from the New York Times here.
Do we need more convincing? We’re imagining that soon reading will be able to cure the common cold.