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What happens to you when you read?
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This free course was written by Dr Zoë Walkington, Professor Sara Haslam [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , Professor Graham Pike, Dr Edmund King and Dr Siobhan Campbell.

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Extract 1 and 2: His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife Text © Philip Pullman, 1997 Reproduced with the permission of Scholastic Children’s Books All Rights Reserved. USA, Canada, Philippines: Penguin/Random House

Activity 4: adapted from Davis, M. H. (1983) ‘Measuring individual differences in empathy: Evidence for a multidimensional approach’, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 44(1), pp. 113–126. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.44.1


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