We’re back for season two! Today we’re talking about reading—an activity you may be doing more or less of in these pandemic times. We bring on one of our most literary-minded pals, comedian and writer Nicole Drespel, to discuss the science behind what makes reading a form of self-care. Special shout outs to Scholastic Book Fairs, Dawson’s Creek, and your aunt’s favorite, Danielle Steel.

*TW: brief mention of sexual assault*

Books we referenced:

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell 

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary 

Study References:

Kidd, David Comer, and Emanuele Castano. “Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind.” Science (New York, N.Y.) vol. 342,6156 (2013): 377-80. doi:10.1126/science.1239918

Berns, Gregory S et al. “Short- and long-term effects of a novel on connectivity in the brain.” Brain connectivity vol. 3,6 (2013): 590-600. doi:10.1089/brain.2013.0166

Cain, Kate, and Jane Oakhill. “Matthew effects in young readers: reading comprehension and reading experience aid vocabulary development.” Journal of learning disabilities vol. 44,5 (2011): 431-43. doi:10.1177/0022219411410042

Gualano, M R et al. “The long-term effects of bibliotherapy in depression treatment: Systematic review of randomized clinical trials.” Clinical psychology review vol. 58 (2017): 49-58. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2017.09.006

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