Is fiction valuable? If so, what do we find in fiction, and how can we get at it? Here we hope to inform you about our joint research efforts to reveal the ways in which readers and spectators are drawn into fictional worlds, how to make literary education much more involving by making it personal, how literature can be relevant in the work place, how it might enhance our social skills, enhance our self-knowledge, and learn about other peoples lives, how we can find comfort in our reading of fiction. Our research group is dedicated to giving our colleagues access to our resources pertaining to all such issues, and to helping visitors to our website, so they can make good use of our knowledge in the most practical sense. And for those who would like to participate in our studies, be welcome too!