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All Reading is Good for You, But Reading Fiction Could Make You a Better Thinker

Stef McDonald

While it's no surprise that reading is good for us, escaping into the pages of a novel could help us become better thinkers. In a new study, researchers compared those who read stories with those who read essays and asked both questions about closure and order. The ones found to be more comfortable with uncertainty and instability were the fiction readers. That, researchers say, makes them better thinkers—more apt to be open-minded and less likely to make snap judgments. (And maybe more happy?)

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  • Mia Pokriefka

    Yay! This is another great reason to stay up late reading. I am just finishing up Atonement. Anyone have any suggestions on what to read next?

    • Stef McDonald

      I highly recommend the book I just finished: "A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies," a short story collection from John Murray.

      • Mia Pokriefka

        I just read the summary/ reviews on Amazon. I was immediately enamored when I read the characters are "drawn to precise order and logic- and go to political and geographical extremes in search of a sense of purpose." Sounds right up my ally. Thanks!