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A use of fiction: How 'Requiem For A Dream' helped shape a psychologist

Updated Friday 3rd July 2015

Hubert Selby's Requiem For A Dream is a bleak tale of descent into addiction. It inspired Dr Amy Milton and shaped her career.

In this film, part of Cambridge University's Novel Thoughts series, Dr Amy Milton talks about how Hubert Selby's Requiem for a Dream has inspired her pursuit of treatments for addiction.

‘Novel Thoughts’ was inspired by research at the University of St Andrews by Dr Sarah Dillon (now a lecturer in the Faculty of English at Cambridge) who interviewed 20 scientists for the ‘What Scientists Read’ project. She found that reading fiction can help scientists to see the bigger picture and be reminded of the complex richness of human experience. Novels can show the real stories behind the science, or trigger a desire in a young reader to change lives through scientific discovery. They can open up new worlds, or encourage a different approach to familiar tasks.

This article was originally published by Cambridge University under a CC-BY licence

 

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