Very informative piece on how the reader becomes one with the community created by the writer.
In an upcoming study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, Gabriel and graduate student Ariana Young show what that something is: When we read, we psychologically become part of the community described in the narrative—be they wizards or vampires. That mechanism satisfies the deeply human, evolutionarily crucial, need for belonging.
Check out the complete article: Becoming a vampire without being bitten: A new study shows that reading expands our self-concepts.
Fantastic! Take your time 🙂
Very interesting… That reminded me of a video I saw recently.
Its a great six minute interview but if you don’t have time, race to 5:50 and I think he hits it spot on. He also says some great things about how digital formats are changing our patience towards fiction.
Would love to know your thoughts 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.Crazy week at work so I’m running behind on replies. Will try to watch the video tonight and reply:)