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What Happens to You When You Read?

The Open University, Dr Zoë Walkington, Professor Sara Haslam, Professor Graham Pike, Dr Edmund King, Dr Siobhan Campbell

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This online course from The Open University explores the effects that reading has on individuals, societies, and cultures.


What Happens to You When You Read?

What Happens to You When You Read?

by The Open University


Have you ever picked up a book and felt transported to a new reality? The world of storytelling has offered this unique escape for millennia: instant adventure and excitement, with no risk. The connection we experience to an author and their characters not only affects the mind of the reader but contributes to the living culture of literature.

What Happens to When You Read? is a course from The Open University that delves into the psychological, emotional, and social effects of reading, exploring how stories shape our world. Using extracts from influential literature and insights from psychological studies, this course demonstrates the proven benefits of reading, and its potential to change us and our surroundings.

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By putting on the shoes of another in a story we read, we can inhabit the lives of others, and learn something of our social world and the inner lives of others, without even setting foot outside our own front door.

- The Open University

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