The psychological benefits of reading fiction.

On Fiction is a fascinating website that describes iteself as follows;

“OnFiction is a magazine with the aim of developing the psychology of fiction. Using theoretical and empirical perspectives, we endeavour to understand how fiction is created, and how readers and audience members engage in it.”

To me reading has always seemed a powerful way to learn, and to improve language abilities, in our own and other languages. We take advantage of our own imagination and curiosity, and the narrative skills of others. Apparently reading can also have many psychological benefits. This is especially true for narrative fiction according to this recent news article.

“Reading narrative fiction (and potentially narrative non-fiction such as memoirs as well) is like a form of meditation, Oatley says, because it opens you up to emptying your mind of real-life concerns in favour of focusing on a fictional world.”

 

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