on franz kafka

“According to researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of British Columbia, exposure to the works of Kafka can actually serve to enhance a person’s cognitive ability to learn novel tasks.  This finding was published in Psychological Sciences (2009) and was based on an ingenious research design in which participants were presented with a bizarrely illustrated Kafka story and then asked to perform an artificial-grammar task.  What the researchers found was that reading and struggling with the existential dilemmas depicted in Kafka’s writings may serve to facilitate a person’s capacity to find order in a world that seems meaningless.  ” excerpt of a study cited in an article about Franz Kafka in Psychology Today. I will continue to find more arguments to support fiction reading, and eventually i’ll write an essay of my own about it. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/therapy-matters/201105/why-kafka-still-matters

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