Here’s another reason for Harry Potter fans to cheer their favorite books and author J.K. Rowling.
According to three new studies conducted by Loris Vezzali of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, people exhibit a marked difference in empathy and tolerance for others before and after reading the Harry Potter books.
The article, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, studied how children and university students treated “out-groups” and found that subjects who read the books were more accepting of those people who are different than they are:
We conducted three studies to test whether extended contact through reading the popular best-selling books of Harry Potter improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups (immigrants, homosexuals, refugees). Results from one experimental intervention with elementary school children and from two cross-sectional studies with high school and university students (in Italy and United Kingdom) supported our main hypothesis.
Scientific American summarized the study result this way:
Of course there are many factors that shape our attitudes toward others: the media, our parents and peers, religious beliefs. But Vezzali’s work supports earlier research suggesting that reading novels as a child — implying literary engagement with life’s social, cultural and psychological complexities — can have a positive impact on personality development and social skills.
I gotta say, that’s pretty cool. I think I may need to thank my parents for starting me reading as early as they did.
We loved them growing up and revisit them often, but have we ever really thought about what happened to our favorite cartoon characters as time went on?
Artist Steve Cutts thought about it and made an animated short that shows us all how fleeting cartoon fame can be.
Watch it after the break.
In keeping with the spirit that superheroes are just like us and remembering that Batman has his own version of pretty much anything, artist Frank Macchia has created a perfect late night glimpse into the life of Batman.
Late night searches on Batinder. So many choices!
You can view the gif (with sound) after the break.
This photo of Patrick Stewart hugging a young fan at Dragon Con would be fantastic on its own, but when you know more about the moment captured here by photographer James Barker, it hits warp speed on the awesome and feels.
Barker posted the photo on his Facebook page with the following explanation:
This is my favorite Dragoncon 2014 photo. The Make-a-Wish foundation made it possible for 10 year old Dawn, who has a life threatening illness, to meet Patrick Stewart backstage. He was about to speak to a packed room of 2000 people, but they sat down and he really focused on her; they talked for about 15 minutes. As things are winding down and she and her family are getting ready to go, Dawn unexpectedly throws him this huge hug, and you can see the happiness in both their faces. Bravo Sir Patrick! #classact #patrickstewart #dragoncon
The Make-A Wish coordinator who helped make this happen said that Patrick Stewart also gave Dawn a shout out in his panel and Dawn couldn’t stop grinning.
If you want to help contribute to more wishes like this one, you can go to wish.org. I’m sure there are lots of kids like Dawn who’d love to have their wish come true.
Hey Bat Fans, we’ve got our first good look at new Batmobile from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I have no idea if these are official or someone got sneaky, but they’re from the set.
As some have pointed out, it looks a lot like the Batmobile from Arkham Knight. It sure as hell does.
One thing’s for sure, Zach Snyder’s making a statement with this baby.
Check out the photos after the break and let us know what you think…
Here’s some great news for fans of Haley Atwell and Agent Peggy Carter. You don’t have to wait for the premiere of Agent Carter to see Peggy in action because she’s just been announced as one of the guest stars for the season 2 opener of Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD.
The episode, called “Shadows”, airs Sept. 23 and will also give us our first look at Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley. Not sure yet how Peggy plays into things, but I can’t wait to find out. The synopsis reads thusly:
Coulson and his team are now wanted fugitives with limited resources–but that’s not stopping them from keeping the world safe from powerful and unseen threats everywhere. However, with new members they hardly know, will S.H.I.E.L.D. ever be trusted again?
Agent Carter, will be making its series debut in place of Agents of SHIELD when it goes on holiday hiatus. No premiere date, but we’ll keep you posted.
(via The Mary Sue)
I really love the Oh My Disney blog because it understands that Disney lovers come in all ages. Just because we might be older doesn’t mean that we aren’t kids at heart. Kids that want to see the DuckTales intro with real ducks.
Now that you know such a thing exists, you know you have to see it.
Watch it after the break.
LEGO builder Adrian Drake may have proven that there is no such thing as “too much gray” with this picture.
Still, I want to test this “too much gray” theory. Adrian, can you maybe build a Millennium Falcon or a Star Destroyer and then take a picture? Y’know, for research purposes.
A new webseries by Above Average imagines what might happen when St. Peter Meets Disney villains who are trying to get into heaven.
A little racy, a little irreverent, but they’ve got some solid Disney references and you won’t go to hell for enjoying it.
Check it out after the break.