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It was a bad week for bookstores, at least in the world of punditry.
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A lot to think about in this article.
Some thought provoking excerpts...
"As Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron put it: ‘A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.’"
"The Dutch study found that good fiction—the kind that sucks you in with characters you can identify with—can have a lasting effect on a person’s expression of empathy. Bad fiction, the kind you can’t really get into, has exactly the opposite effect."
and to me, perhaps most thought-provoking...
"Researchers found that fiction that engages the reader can have a ‘sleeper effect,’ in which the full emotional effects manifest over time.
‘Fictional narratives are more likely to influence behavior over the course of a week rather than directly after the narrative experience,’ the authors conclude, ‘because the process of transformation of an individual needs time to unfold.’"
I don't suppose there is a fan of great literature who doesn't recognize the truth in this "sleeper effect."
I'm wondering... to what degree is this phenomenon taken into consideration when constructing assessment tests for literary reading? That is, is there an unintended significant margin of error created when students are expected to demonstrate a true example of their literary reading abilities if they are:
1. "cold reading"without any processing time for the sleeper effect.
2. reading only an excerpt taken out of its context of the entire story.
3. reading under the stress of high stakes testing rather than within an environment more representative of "standard reading conditions" wherein attention to appreciating and processing a well-told story is not compromised by the misdirection caused by the testing conditions.
My guess is that the professional test makes do have a way of compensating for these "non-standard reading" conditions.
If anyone can direct me towards an article or source of information on how test makers mitigate the negative impact on results caused by testing conditions, please send info to me at :jburg@GoogleLitTrips.com
There may be some interest in the clicking the link in the last paragraph to another article the author wrote on the topic.
The original study from Plos ONE referenced in the article can be found here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0055341
And what is particularly interesting is that the original article is built on attempts to measure and assess the variables at play when reading fiction.
Another article I've scooped: "This is your brain on Jane Austen, and Stanford researchers are taking notes"
Ele recebeu a incumbência de criar a Biblioteca Pública Digital da América, e há dois anos está trabalhando para criar um novo tipo de biblioteca, onde as coleções digitais de todas as grandes bibliotecas do país serão usadas como base de uma grande coleção de livros, manuscritos, filmes, gravações e canções que ficarão disponíveis de graça para todo mundo no mundo.
Curtindo seu livro no kindle? Seus filhos não poderão. Não o seu livro...
"...A Amazon, responsável pelo Kindle, também deixa claro: a compra de um e-book é associada à conta do usuário e o conteúdo do Kindle não pode ser compartilhado como os livros físicos. “O conteúdo digital é licenciado e não vendido”, diz a Amazon. Com essas restrições, herdar a biblioteca da família seria impossível..."
Com informação do Estadão 10/09/2012
Description by Jose R. Mejia on Cool Hunting
"Taking an ambitious approach to filtering information online, Small Demons is a new site dedicated to opening up the worlds inside of books. Not just another search engine for what's inside your favorite novel, Small Demons collects and catalogs the millions of references to real-world and fictional music, movies, people, and objects that are found in literature. Your new favorite restaurant could be on the next page of the book you're reading, and Small Demons hopes to provide a place where you can draw meaningful connections between stories and everyday life.
"The site uses both algorithms and human touch to make these links and open up what Small Demons calls a "Storyverse," or the expanse of details that support a good story. "A computer can tell us how many times a song appears in a book. But it can't tell us that it is the song that the couple dances to at the wedding reception or the song the jilted lover plays after being dumped. It can't tell you the emotional resonance of it. So we are going to be relying on librarians and authors and gifted amateurs to come in and help us fix and add and weight and evaluate all the data we are generating," says Richard Nash, the start-up's VP of Community and Content."
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