NPR: To the Best of Our Knowledge: Does Fiction Make Us Good?

Who doesn’t love a good book? We all know a great novel can change the way we see the world, but what about the way we treat each other? This week, we explore the benefits of reading fiction, and find out if it makes us more moral.

We all love the feeling of getting lost in a good story and seeing the world through a character’s eyes.  Recently, psychologists have been studying whether that experience actually changes readers


Novelist and cognitive psychologist Keith Oatley tells us about the latest research connecting fiction with empathy.

Edwin Rutsch’s insight:

Reading, Theory of Mind and empathy are explored in this program with various academics and writers.