Can Reading Fiction Improve Your Social Skills?

Can Reading Fiction Improve Your Social Skills?

A study suggests that readers of fiction tend to exhibit greater capacities to empathize.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 2 may 2011

Our ability to empathize speaks to the core of what makes us human. But is it a quality that we develop beyond our formidable years? Scientists are asking this question, and examining some offbeat theses for how we can grow our capacity to share emotions with another person. And a recent study suggests that readers of fiction tend to be more empathetic than readers of non-fiction.

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