Theory of Mind is the human capacity to comprehend that other people hold beliefs and desires and that these may differ from one’s own beliefs and desires. The currently predominant view is that literary fiction—often described as narratives that focus on in-depth portrayals of subjects’ inner feelings and thoughts—can be linked to theory of mind processes, especially those that are involved in the understanding or simulation of the affective characteristics of the subjects. [Scientists] provide experimental evidence that reading passages of literary fiction, in comparison to nonfiction or popular fiction, does indeed enhance the reader’s performance on theory of mind tasks.
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And I was reckless, after she left me, and I paid for it with my ships, all sunk now, and my men, all dead now, with no tombs to mark their passing.
—Zachary Mason, The Lost Books Of The Odyssey
|Steven:||Jesus, all are your friends just weirdly literate busty chicks?|
|Me:||There's some big round butts in there, too.|
|Me:||That like books.|
|Me:||Books for butts!|
|Steven:||I think you have an unfair advantage.|
|Me:||It's called reading, Steven, it's what happens when you don't get high and sit in front of Netflix from 5-11 every night.|