Keyword: literature

Reading fiction is related to developing empathic skills

This research was conducted by P. Matthijs Bal and Martijn Veltkamp at VU University Amsterdam and FrieslandCampina, Deventer, The Netherlands

Summary

This study reports two experiments designed to measure changes in readers’ empathic skills over one week by getting participants to read either fiction or non-fiction writing. In the fiction groups …

By | 11 December 2014 |

Positive online reviews increase book sales

This research was conducted by Judith A. Chevalier and Dina Mayzlin at Yale University, USA

Summary

This paper looked into the effect of online customer reviews on the sales of books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They found that most of the reviews on both sites tended to be positive …

By | 16 April 2014 |

Reading literary fiction improves people’s theory of mind

This research was conducted by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano at the New School for Social Research, USA

Summary

This paper reports the results of five experiments designed to test whether reading literary fiction can improve people’s theory of mind. People with an effective theory of mind have an …

By | 10 April 2014 |