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Would You Want to Be Friends With Humbert Humbert?: A Forum on Likeability : The New Yo... - 8 views

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    Excellent stimulus article for Senior English novel analysis - the reader's different expectations of male and female characters in books, and some author's views on the restrictions this places on them.
    Should we forgive ourselves for liking or disliking a character - and is it sufficient motivation for us to read the novel?
James Whittle

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction - NYTimes.com - 27 views

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    "AMID the squawks and pings of our digital devices, the old-fashioned virtues of reading novels can seem faded, even futile. But new support for the value of fiction is arriving from an unexpected quarter: neuroscience.
    Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life."
Cathy Oxley

Top 10 Fiction Selection Sites for Students | Scoop.it - 27 views

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    Thanks for this. By the way, I have bookmarked lots of your shared bookmarks, much appreciated.
James Whittle

Study: Exploring the link between reading fiction and empathy - 21 views

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    Abstract
    Readers of fiction tend to have better abilities of empathy and theory of
    mind (Mar et al., 2006). We present a study designed to replicate this
    finding, rule out one possible explanation, and extend the assessment of
    social outcomes. In order to rule out the role of personality, we first identified Openness as the most consistent correlate. This trait was then statistically controlled for, along with two other important individual differences: the tendency to be drawn into stories and gender. Even after accounting for these variables, fiction exposure still predicted performance on an empathy task. Extending these results, we also found that exposure to fiction was positively correlated with social support. Exposure to nonfiction, in contrast, was associated with loneliness, and negatively related to social support.
Bright Ideas

sallyb - Library Dragon - 15 views

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    St Michael's Grammar School teacher librarian Sally Bray developed a very good fiction blog and has kindly agreed to share her blogging journey with readers of Bright Ideas.
Allison Burrell

KDL What's Next™ Database - 0 views

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    Our What's Next™: Books In Series database helps you search series fiction.
    A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.
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