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To Read a Story
Sad stat: 42 percent of us never pick up another book after college graduation (we surf the Web instead). Would you go back to "slow" reads—fictional stories, novels—if you knew they could help you navigate the real world? A fMRI study at York University found that when people followed the emotional complexities of a story, their brain activity looked like it did when sorting out others' thoughts, feelings and intentions in actual social interactions (as in a simulation of reality). Indeed, people really do become more socially intelligent after reading fiction, found a study on empathy at the University of Toronto. (Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer will show you how to fall in love with novels again.)
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