'Scientific' studies purporting... well, lots of things... anything... tended to be reported rather breathlessly (and pretty much uncritically) in the popular press and online (well, the latter is pretty much a given: everything gets 'reported' uncritically online...).
One reason I don't often report these is because, even where there is 'proof'... well, it seems better to wait for more proof.
In "Annals of overgeneralization" (10/8/2013), I criticized a paper by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, "Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind", Science 10/3/2013. My complaint they drew conclusions about the effect...
Researchers at the New School for Social Research in New York have done their second study that found that people that read literary fiction are more empathetic that people that read pop fiction.
Three labs have tried and failed to replicate the finding that reading a passage of literary fiction boosts our emotion recognition skills. By Alex Fradera.
Reading literary fiction can improve empathy, according to a new report from researchers at The New School in New York City. To conduct the study, the research team which included social psychologist Emanuele Castano and PhD candida...