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Can Reading Fiction Help You Become More Empathetic

Can Reading Fiction Help You Become More Empathetic?

Society for Personality and Social Psychology Empathy is important for navigating complex social situations, and is considered a highly desirable trait. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, discussed how exposure to...

Latest Narrative Stories

2013-09-19 10:13:05

Narratives about treatment processes and experiences inform patients without persuading Individuals often turn to others for advice when making choices. Perhaps, it seems fitting then, that individuals would seek out others when they are faced with important health decisions. Yet, health communicators have debated whether stories should be included in patient decision-aids (which are informational materials designed to help patients make educated choices about their health) because they...

“Losing Yourself” In a Fictional Character Can Affect Your Real Life
2012-05-07 14:26:49

When you “lose yourself” inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match that of the character, a new study suggests. Researchers at Ohio State University examined what happened to people who, while reading a fictional story, found themselves feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters as if they were their own - a phenomenon the researchers call...

2011-04-12 15:13:17

In the past several years, newspaper readership has shrunk in the tough economic climate, particularly among females. Many have criticized common news writing style used by newspapers as a possible cause for the decline. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that women are engaged by all news stories the same, regardless of the style. "We found that women are equally engaged in both 'inverted pyramid' and 'chronological narrative' news stories, so there must be another...

2011-03-24 08:19:00

Classic Plays Depict the Psychological and Physical Wounds of War on Warriors NEW YORK, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Program in Narrative Medicine, part of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in association with Theater of War Productions, will be presenting Theater of War at the Miller Theater on the Columbia University campus on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 7 p.m. This performance of Theater of War, a reading of scenes from Sophocles' Ajax, marks...

2010-09-01 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Bestselling authors Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear, along with Subutai Corporation, announced today the launch of The Mongoliad, the first digital novel on a social book platform. A speculative fiction novel set against the Mongol invasion of Europe in the 13th century, The Mongoliad follows a small band of warriors and mystics in a ripping tale of action and adventure set at a time when the Mongol horde's conquest of Europe seemed inevitable. Key to...

2008-10-09 03:00:17

By Liepe-Levinsonn, Katherine Note: Parts of this essay were presented for the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Conference 2007 at Fordham University Lincoln Center New York City and for the New York State Communications Association annual conference in Kerhonkson New York 2007. A version of this essay was also published online in 2007 Proceedings of the New York State Communication Association 66th Annual Conference. Story made us human-story made us a success as species. Ironically it will also...

2007-11-09 06:00:09

By Merlob, Maya ABSTRACT: The author explores the spatialization of textuality that characterizes the postmodern narrative. Focusing on Paul Auster's In the Country of Last Things, the article discusses the debunkment of time as an ordering principle of narrativity and the transformation of space into the dominant textual feature. Auster's work introduces various spaces-geographical, subjective, authorial, historical, and literary-that have an uneasy relationship and create the text as an...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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