Narrative and Cognitive Science; Literature and Medicine

  • Ronald SchleiferEmail author
  • Jerry B. VannattaEmail author


This chapter surveys recent scientific studies of Theory of Mind, empathy, and vicarious experience in cognitive psychology and presents 13 “features” of literary analysis useful to instructors and students in the health science and to healthcare providers. It focuses on Grace Paley’s story “A Conversation with My Father” and Abraham Verghese’s description of his first meeting with patients in his book My Own Country. The goals of this chapter are to survey work in cognitive psychology that demonstrates the usefulness of literature to training in healthcare providers and to set forth features of literature that will focus the attention of careful readers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Oklahoma City UniversityOklahoma CityUSA

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