‘Reading Minds’ Through Literary Fiction

Fiction Matters, February 2008
This is what I enjoy most from reading fiction — reading or probing the minds of characters

Difference between popular and literary fiction
‘Popular fiction tends to be focused on plot, says , professor of psychology at The New School for Social Research in New York, and the characters are rather stereotypical. “You open a book of what we call popular fiction and you know from the get-go who is going to be the good guy and the bad guy.”

‘Literary fiction, in contrast, focuses on the psychology and inner life of the characters, he says. And importantly, characters in literary fiction are left somewhat incomplete. Readers have to watch what they do and infer what they are thinking and feeling…’
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The Shaping of Modern Culture During WWII
How the Unlikely WWII Friendship of a Scientist & a Philosopher Shaped Modern Culture
‘What makes a good life, a meaningful life, a life of purpose? And how can one live it amidst pain and destruction; how can the human spirit soar in the face of crushing adversity? The meaning of life resides in the answers to these questions, which countless luminaries have been asking since the dawn of recorded time, and which an unlikely duo of Nobel-laureate friends – revered writer, journalist and philosopher Albert Camus and pioneering biologist Jacques Monod – set out to answer during one of the darkest periods of human history, the peak of World War II…’

Does Thinking Really Hard Burn More Calories?
I am addicted to thinking. The moment I wake up another day, my mind starts running non-stop until exhaustion. Eating tons of calories doesn’t affect my weight. That’s why I always wondered if my mind is gobbling up all my calories

Believing our mind is tired may be enough to induce weariness
‘The surprising role of sugar in mind calorie consumption
Energy travels to the brain via blood vessels in the form of glucose, which is transported across the blood-brain barrier and used to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the main currency of chemical energy within cells. Experiments with both animals and people have confirmed that when neurons in a particular brain region fire, local capillaries dilate to deliver more blood than usual, along with extra glucose and oxygen. This consistent response makes neuroimaging studies possible: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) depends on the unique magnetic properties of blood flowing to and from firing neurons. Research has also confirmed that once dilated blood vessels deliver extra glucose, brain cells lap it up…’
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2 Responses to ‘Reading Minds’ Through Literary Fiction

  1. coolperson1 says:

    Reblogged this on Cool lady blog and commented:
    This is a find

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