Reading other minds: Effects of literature on empathy

@article{Djikic2013ReadingOM,
  title={Reading other minds: Effects of literature on empathy},
  author={Maja Djikic and Keith Oatley and Mihnea C. Moldoveanu},
  journal={The Scientific Study of Literature},
  year={2013},
  volume={3},
  pages={28-47}
}
The potential of literature to increase empathy was investigated in an experiment. Participants (N = 100, 69 women) completed a package of questionnaires that measured lifelong exposure to fiction and nonfiction, personality traits, and affective and cognitive empathy. They read either an essay or a short story that were equivalent in length and complexity, were tested again for cognitive and affective empathy, and were finally given a non-self-report measure of empathy. Participants who read a… 

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