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Fiction: Simulation of Social Worlds

posted on 22 Jul 2016

Fiction: Simulation of Social Worlds by Keith Oatley

The journal Trends in Cognitive Science have published this research into the way fiction can help people - especially children - understand the world they live in. The research report begins:

Plato [1] distrusted literary art and wrote of it as a ‘mimesis’, an imitation. He argued that, in daily life, we see only shadows, not unchanging truths, such as those of mathematics. As an imitation of the everyday world, art is yet further removed from truth: a shadow of a shadow. Plato's line of thinking may be among the reasons why literary art has, until recently, not been of much interest in cognitive science.

You can continue reading the research by clicking on this link to Trends in Cognitive Science