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Fiction: More than a Good Story
Good stories can entertain and move us. They can also help us to better understand ourselves and others—and to change.
Raymond Mar is a psychologist who also uses brain imaging to study how people understand stories and how they understand other people. Keith Oatley is a psychologist who also writes novels. On Monday, May 28, they will tell us about what goes on in our minds and brains when we read, write, and edit fiction.
Raymond Mar is an assistant professor of psychology at York University. His research explores the relation between story-processing and social-processing using the methods of neuroscience, social/personality psychology, and developmental psychology. Dr. Mar is Associate Editor of the new journal Scientific Studies of Literature.
Keith Oatley is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, a psychologist, and a novelist. His research covers human emotions and the psychology of fiction. He is the author of six books on psychology, including Emotions: A Brief History and Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction. His first novel, The Case of Emily V., won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first novel. His most recent novel, published by Goose Lane, is Therefore Choose. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Raymond and Keith (with two other colleagues) publish the weekly online magazine-blog OnFiction.
Women’s Art Association, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue
7:00 p.m. Q & A session for new and prospective members
7:30 p.m. Business meeting and program
9:00 p.m. Mix-and-mingle
Dinner at the Bedford Academy
All members are welcome to come to the Bedford Academy (36 Prince Arthur Avenue) for dinner and drinks before the program. You will find us in the lounge area at 6:00 p.m.—or a little earlier if you can make it. Hope to see you there!