On average, both groups did slightly better on these tests than control subjects who read either a nonfiction article or nothing at all. This fits with previous research showing a positive relationship between fiction and theory of mind. But among the fiction readers, those who read “literary” works scored significantly higher on the theory of mind tests than those who read popular selections, Kidd and Castano report online today in Science.
This article would be a lot more exciting if it claimed that reading gave people bonafide telepathic mind-reading abilities. As it is, it reads to me kind of like the statement "People who like ice cream tend to notice ice cream stores more than others." Umm, OBVIOUSLY. Did we really need a study to point this out?
Also, HuffPost includes a disclaimer at the end pointing to how difficult it is to categorize all fiction into "literary" and "non-literary," which is THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE CENTURY and I thought deserved more attention than the throwaway addition at the end of the article, but what can you do.
Despite my reservations about the article and the study itself, I thought I'd post a link to this in case one of you is in a reading slump and needs a good reason to pick up a book today.
Also, I would REALLY love it if you did notice some latent telepathy manifesting itself mid-chapter.