News Archive 2009-2018

Fiction Fires Up the Imagination (New York Times) Archives


While it’s long been known that reading “expands the mind,” researchers studying brain scans have now determined just how the detailed descriptions, metaphors, and character interaction of fiction can “stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.”

Reading great literature, it has long been averred, enlarges and improves us as human beings. Brain science shows this claim is truer than we imagined.