Cory Leonard

For Better Social Skills, a Little Chekhov

In career on October 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Why might Fortune 500 companies and others  prefer a area studies major to a finance-type? Literary fiction and the tools of reading and critical thinking:

The idea that what we read might influence our social and emotional skills is not new. Previous studies have correlated various types of reading with empathy and sensitivity. More recently, in a field called “theory of mind,” scientists have used emotional intelligence perception tests to study, for example, children with autism.

But psychologists and other experts said the new study was powerful because it suggested a direct effect — quantifiable by measuring how many right and wrong answers people got on the tests — from reading literature for only a few minutes.

“It’s a really important result,” said Nicholas Humphrey, an evolutionary psychologist who has written extensively about human intelligence, and who was not involved in the research. “That they would have subjects read for three to five minutes and that they would get these results is astonishing.”

via For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov – NYTimes.com.

 

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