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The neuroscience of your brain on fiction

Fiction stimulates our brains in ways we might not have imagined.

"The novel, of course, is an unequaled medium for the exploration of human social and emotional life. And there is evidence that just as the brain responds to depictions of smells and textures and movements as if they were the real thing, so it treats the interactions among fictional characters as something like real-life social encounters."

Paul, Annie Murphy. Your Brain on Fiction. NY Times, March 17, 2012