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Fiction Effects on Social Cognition: Varying Narrative Engagement with Cognitive Load

Turner, Rose and Vallée-Tourangeau, Frédéric (2020) Fiction Effects on Social Cognition: Varying Narrative Engagement with Cognitive Load. Project Report. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Type of Research: Report
Creators: Turner, Rose and Vallée-Tourangeau, Frédéric

Social cognition, the skillset involved in interpreting the cognitive and affective states of others, is essential for navigating the social world. Research has indicated that reading about fictional social content may support social cognitive abilities, however the processes underpinning these effects remain unidentified. This study aimed to examine the effect of narrative engagement on social cognition. A text pretest (N = 11), a manipulation pilot (N = 29) and full experiment (N = 93) were conducted. In the full experiment, the manipulation failed to vary levels of narrative engagement (transportation, identification and affective empathy) with a passage from a popular fiction text. A correlation analysis revealed positive associations between narrative engagement dimensions and social cognition. An exploratory between-groups analysis comparing reading to no-reading found a significant gain in explicit mental state attribution in the reading group, when controlling for demographic and dispositional differences.

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Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Narrative, engagement, fiction engagement, social cognition, transportation, character identification, empathy
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 9 June 2020
Digital Object Identifier: 10.58129/27n3-yv96
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 12:17
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 14:39
Item ID: 15766
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/15766

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