It had already been suggested that people who usually read can live longer. Reading fiction works, in addition, could improve our thinking, making it more open and creative.
This is what at least one study by researchers at the University of Toronto suggests.
According to research conducted at the University of Toronto, study participants who read short stories experienced a much smaller need for "cognitive closure" compared to their counterparts who read nonfiction essays.
"Although nonfiction reading allows students to learn the subject, it may not always help them think about it," the authors write. "A doctor may have an encyclopedic knowledge of your subject, but this may not prevent the doctor from immobilizing a diagnosis when additional symptoms indicate a different disease."
It also seems that reading fiction amplifies our empathy, making it easier for us to put ourselves in the shoes of others (especially if the work is narrated in the first person). Specifically, read "The Lady of the Puppy", from Anton Chekhov, induces changes in the results of the sociability test.
Something worrisome if we consider that, according to a Pew Research survey, more than a quarter (26 percent) of American adults admit that they haven't even read a part of a book in the past year.
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