February 4, 2017
with David Kidd and Martino Ongis
As recent research has shown (Kidd & Castano, 2013), reading literary fiction improves our ability to interpret and understand others’ mental states, an important ability referred to as Theory of Mind (ToM). In the Cognitive, Social and Developmental Psychology Program at the New School for Social Research, Emanuele Castano, David Kidd, and Martino Ongis are focusing on the psychological consequences of reading fiction, as well as investigating which characteristics lead to these effects. To this end, they are attempting to use empirical psychological methods to identify linguistic features that can help distinguish types of fiction, and then link those linguistic differences to psychological effects. In this seminar they will discuss their investigation of one of these measures, the Weighted Referential Activity Dictionary (WRAD), a measure of language style that reflects the degree to which a writer describes episodes or images so that they emotionally connect with the reader.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium