And I quote: “Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, performed an analysis of 86 fMRI studies, published last year in the Annual Review of Psychology, and concluded that there was substantial overlap in the brain networks used to understand stories and the networks used to navigate interactions with other individuals — in particular, interactions in which we’re trying to figure out the thoughts and feelings of others.”
In other words, reading fiction makes you a more sensitive and perceptive person.
How about writing it?
Well, that just makes you neurotic. There is a such thing as over-analyzing, no?
Anyways, here’s the link to the Sunday Times article which talks about the neuroscience of reading fiction: “Your Brain on Fiction.”