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Study: Reading Tolstoy Increases Emotional Intelligence

A new study published in Science concludes that people can develop more finely-tuned social and emotional skills from reading great literary works.

Posted: May 19, 2014

Emanuele Castano and David Comer Kidd, researchers in the psych department at the New School for Social Research, have published a study in Science which shows that readers of literary fiction, including works by Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov, find themselves scoring better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence. In some cases, it took reading literary fiction for only a few minutes for test scores to improve.

The full article on this study can be read online here, and the New York Times has published a short overview of the study.

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