Can reading encourage empathy?
Although it has long been assumed that reading is good for your mental health, there has been little evidence so far to prove it. However in a new review published this week a professor from the University of Toronto, Canada, argues that reading fictional stories could encourage individuals to show more empathy.
Keith Oatley, a Professor of the University of Toronto Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, says, “What’s a piece of fiction? It’s a piece of consciousness being passed from mind to mind. When you’re reading you’re taking in a piece of consciousness in you.”