Reading literary fiction can lead to better decision-making, study finds

Yet another set of valid reasons to read a really good book…as if any justification were actually needed 🙂

National Post | Arts

Two new Canadian studies find that reading literary fiction – even something as short as ten pages – can cause short-term increases in empathy, improve decision-making, curtail snap judgments, and make people more comfortable with uncertainty. In other words, the very pursuit we use to distract us from real life might actually make us better at living it.

Lead author Maja Djikic said the findings have particular repercussions for our schools, where she notes a “dangerous trend” away from the arts and soft skills. This observation dovetails with a January report from Scholastic showing that reading for pleasure on a regular basis (five to seven days a week) is indeed a waning activity among youths, having fallen from 37% in 2010 to 34% in 2012.

It’s precisely the people who have difficulty being open to other people’s ideas and experiences who might benefit most from reading fiction

“The prejudice of…

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