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Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind 阅读文学小说能提升心智

Abstract
Understanding others’ mental states is a crucial skill that enables the complex social relationships that characterize human societies. Yet little research has investigated what fosters this skill, which is known as Theory of Mind (ToM), in adults. We present five experiments showing that reading literary fiction led to better performance on tests of affective ToM (experiments 1 to 5) and cognitive ToM (experiments 4 and 5) compared with reading nonfiction (experiments 1), popular fiction (experiments 2 to 5), or nothing at all (experiments 2 and 5). Specifically, these results show that reading literary fiction temporarily enhances ToM. More broadly, they suggest that ToM may be influenced by engagement with works of art. 论文摘要 了解他人的心境是一项至关重要的技能,这维持了表征人类社会的复杂社会关系。然而,只有极少数研究调查了是什么培养了这项称为成人心智理论(TOM)的技能。我们给出的五项实验表明与阅读非小说类文学作品(实验1),通俗小说(实验2〜5)或什么都不读(实验2和5)相比,阅读文学小说能激发情感心智测试(实验1〜5)和认知心智测试(实验4和5)中更好的表现。值得一提的是,这些结果表明阅读文学小说能短时提升心智。更广泛地说,实验表明TOM可能会因接触艺术作品而受影响。

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