This article explores the importance of reading fiction in helping students understand characters and their motivations, relationships, and emotions by simulating the character’s experiences in relation to the story. The study goes on to say that this same experience does not come with reading non-fiction which has other benefits.Source:
Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, January 4, 2017Description:
A 2013 study by Harvard University researchers and Joseph Coulson, president of the Great Books Foundation, found study participants who immersed themselves in the mental life of fictional characters performed better on theory of mind tasks. While researchers stopped short of claiming causation, they theorized about how reading fiction could improve such ability.Read the full article here!