However, upon delving further into the psychological, social and cultural aspects of reading fiction, I’ve come across fascinating research to suggest otherwise.
“Bookworms versus nerds: Exposure to fiction versus non-fiction, divergent associations with social ability, and the simulation of fictional social worlds” (2006) is a paper complied by psychologists including Raymond A. Mar and Keith Oatley. They’ve done some fascinating research into the effects of reading on the brain, and this is no exception.
Bookworms versus nerds in the social realm
How could this possibly be true?
What’s the evidence?
Well, participants were examined on how much fiction and non-fiction they had been exposed to over a lifetime, alongside their performance on empathy/social-acumen measures.
Let’s keep our fiction intake topped up
You might like to try some of the feel-good, mood-boosting novels I’ve selected for summer, or think about what bookworm friends of yours have recently enjoyed.