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Can shared reading help people with depression and dementia?

The Book Club Club received an intriguing email today, looking for research on topics including this one: Does the shared reading of literature benefit people who suffer from depression?

The Book Club Club received an intriguing email today from MinnPost supporter Danie Watson, who has a colleague looking for research on these topics:

1. Does the shared reading of literature benefit people who suffer from depression?

2. How does the shared reading of poetry affect people with dementia?

3. Can shared reading help people with Severe Personality Disorder develop empathy?

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Danie asks, “I wonder if you or readers might care to ponder and reply.”

Please comment here, or email bookclubclub [at] minnpost [dot] com. Thanks for your help.