Monday, October 8, 2012

How to Broaden a Mind?

Tripped across an interesting little snippet in Scientific American about how reading can impact our perspectives.  Apparently a study (using heterosexual males reading stories, some with homosexual male protagonists) noted that the readers used less stereotypical language to describe a character when they found out about that character's sexual orientation later in a book (after they had already come to identify with him) rather than in the opening paragraph.  Sort of an interesting article to interpret as a writer, bringing home the fact that readers connect with characters who are like them, but learn from characters in the ways that they differ from us as they are revealed to us or change throughout the book.  Interesting idea, no?

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