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Fiction matters: divergent links between fiction media exposure, genre preferences and social skills

Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima. M (2017) Fiction matters: divergent links between fiction media exposure, genre preferences and social skills. In: American Psychological Association 125th Annual Convention, 3-5 August 2017, Washington, DC.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima. M

Lifetime experience with fictional prose positively relates to social skills. The significance of thematic genres and media formats however, remains unclear. This study tested the general prediction that experience with fiction media and genre formats would differentially relate to dimensions of empathy and altruism. Participants (N = 123) completed a multidimensional task-measure of lifetime fiction-exposure and answered questions about fiction preferences and social skills. Results generally revealed positive correlations among fiction experience and social abilities, in particular, comedy was strongly associated with all social ability measures. Fiction-exposure via prose, film and theatre combined predicted 17% of variability in altruism, although prose was the only statistically significant contributor. The findings support previous evidence linking fiction experience to social skills, and indicate that associations between social abilities, media and genre diverge.

Official Website: https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/07/anniversary
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Fiction, media, social cognition
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 5 August 2017
Funders: Kingston University Graduate Research School
Related Websites: https://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/40472/
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Event Location: Washington, DC
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2020 15:09
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 15:09
Item ID: 15526
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/15526

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