Fiction develops a subtle traits of human personality. Especially strongly such books affect empathy or ability to empathize with others. About the study and its results tells the newspaper The Indian Express.
A group of psychologists from the University of Toronto advises not to forget about the power of imagination and fantasy. Fictional stories and the ability of using the imagination to build in the mind of different patterns is very important for self-development. The study proves that during firing the imagination of the human hippocampus is activated. This area is responsible for memory and learning.
Note, a similar effect have and other activities: viewing photos, movies, games with a developed plot.