Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows

Children can learn empathy through reading fiction and identifying with characters in a story, a new study concludes.

At the American Psychological Association ‘s 122nd Annual Convention in August of this year, Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University, spoke about his study examining the relationship between reading fiction and being able to empathize with others.

“When people read stories we invoke personal experiences,” he said. “Even though fiction is fabricated, it can communicate truths about human psychology and relationships.”

By Kristie Chua 

September 8, 2014