Exploring the link between reading fiction and empathy: Ruling out individual differences and examining outcomes

  title={Exploring the link between reading fiction and empathy: Ruling out individual differences and examining outcomes},
  author={R. Mar and K. Oatley and Jordan B. Peterson},
  • R. Mar, K. Oatley, Jordan B. Peterson
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology
  • Abstract Readers of fiction tend to have better abilities of empathy and theory of mind (Mar et al., Journal of Personality 74: 1047–1078, 2006). We present a study designed to replicate this finding, rule out one possible explanation, and extend the assessment of social outcomes. In order to rule out the role of personality, we first identified Openness as the most consistent correlate. This trait was then statistically controlled for, along with two other important individual differences: the… CONTINUE READING
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