Increase empathy through reading

stone-figure-10543_960_720 Dr. Gregory S. Berns, director of Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy, told the Huffington Post:
“At a minimum, we can say that reading stories — especially those with strong narrative arcs — reconfigures brain networks for at least a few days. It shows how stories can stay with us. This may have profound implications for children and the role of reading in shaping their brains.”
In addition, reading literary fiction was shown to enhance a skill known as theory of mind, which is the ability to understand others’ mental states4 and show increased empathy.


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