Reading Harry Potter Makes You a Nicer Person, Says Science

Reading Harry Potter Makes You a Nicer Person, Says Science

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A study has found that being a Harry Potter fan can make you a nicer person. The Greatest Magic of Harry Potter: Reducing Prejudice was published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology in 2014, and it investigates “whether the novels of Harry Potter can be used as a tool for improving attitudes toward stigmatized groups,” as all seven books “address important social, cultural, and psychological issues.”   Researchers found that “reading Harry Potter may effectively help in reducing prejudice” and suggested that the books give readers “an enhanced ability to understand disadvantaged groups,” as they “may have learnt to take the …

Finland Finishes First in Reading Stakes

Finland Finishes First in Reading Stakes

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  Finland has topped a recent study into the amount of books read per country.  Norway followed Finland in second place, with Iceland, Denmark and Sweden coming next. Switzerland was sixth and the USA in seventh, Canada in 11th, France in 12th and the UK in 17th place.    Conducted by John Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, the research examined literacy achievement tests and also ‘literate behavior characteristics’–everything from instances of libraries and numbers of newspapers to years of formal education and computer availability in countries worldwide.   If nations are ranked only on their reading assessment results, …