From The Atlantic: “According to widely publicized studies, reading fiction improves our “theory of mind,” the capacities that enable us to comprehend the mental states of others. … Immersion in novels and stories stimulates activity in the brain’s ‘default network.’ That’s the neuroscientific term for the complex of regions associated with drifting, non-goal-oriented consciousness as well as with introspective reflection on the self and others, and on remembered or hypothetical experiences — in short, with what once might have been called the moral imagination.”
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