Examines the reading experience from an interdisciplinary perspective, incorporating concepts and research from psychology, education, and literary theory. Readers' narrative accounts of their experiences complement the presentation of theory and review of research.
Nicola Schutte and John Malouff are Senior Lecturers in the School of Psychology at the University of New England, Australia.
Preface; Introduction; Part I: Why We Like to Read; 1. Readers' Narratives and the Importance of Reading; 2. The Evolution of Reading; 3. Learning through Reading; 4. Excitement and Satisfaction of Curiosity; 5. Choices; 6. Feeling Good about One's Own Life; 7. Feeling Connected to Others; 8. Vicariously Fulfilling Needs; 9. Challenge, Importance, Self-efficacy, and Acting in Accordance with One's Self-Concept; Part II: Why We Read Specific Genres; 10. What Favourite and Popular Texts Tell Us About Why People Read; 11. Knowledge, Needs, and Genres; 12. Personality and Genres; 13. Culture and Genres; Part III: How Reading Transforms Us; 14. Altered Consciousness and Emotional Involvement; 15. Understanding the Inner Life and Circumstances of Others and the Self; 16. Seeing the World Differently; 17. Increased Cognitive and Emotional Ability; 18. Setting and Reaching Goals; 19. Can Reading Transform us in Negative Ways?; 20. Changes in the Self; Part IV: How to Increase the Benefits of Reading; 21. Theory and Research on Maximising the Benefits of Reading; 22. Strategies for Maximising the Benefits of Reading; Bibliography.