Friday, August 16, 2013

cognitive rewards of reading fiction

The cognitive rewards of reading fiction might be aligned with the cognitive rewards of pretend play through a shared capacity to stimulate and develop the imagination. 

It may mean that our enjoyment of fiction is predicated – at least in part – upon our awareness of our “trying on” mental states potentially available to us but at a given moment differing from our own.

According to Hawthorn, fictional stories present us with models of the social world with which we can empathize, but which we can observe because we are not constrained to act.