On Being Moved by Art: How Reading Fiction Transforms the Self

@article{Djikic2009OnBM,
  title={On Being Moved by Art: How Reading Fiction Transforms the Self},
  author={Maja Djikic and Keith Oatley and Sara Zoeterman and Jordan B. Peterson},
  journal={Creativity Research Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={21},
  pages={24 - 29}
}
An experiment tested the hypothesis that art can cause significant changes in the experience of one's own personality traits under laboratory conditions. After completing a set of questionnaires, including the Big-Five Inventory (BFI) and an emotion checklist, the experimental group read the short story The Lady With the Toy Dog by Chekhov, while the control group read a comparison text that had the same content as the story, but was documentary in form. The comparison text was controlled for… 

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