– According to a study by The New School for Social Research, reading literary fiction helps in the improvement of “mind-reading” social skills, the so essential faculty to understand others’ mental states, the so-called Theory of Mind (ToM).

– The research participants were assigned five different experiments to measure the influence of three categories of texts: literary fiction, popular fiction, and nonfiction. People who were assigned to read literary fiction performed significantly better than their counterparts in both the other groups. The “quality” of the writing itself was not a determining factor.