Reading literary fiction improves your social skills

Photo: Jemimus.
Photo: Jemimus.

Reading does help you form a better you. Your ability to “read” the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read. That may be because literary fiction tends to focus on the psychology and inner lives of the characters.

That’s the conclusion of a study in the journal Science that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction.

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