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Engaging with Stories and Characters: Learning, Persuasion, and Transportation into Narrative Worlds

Melanie C. Green and Karen E. Dill

in The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398809
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398809.013.0025

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Engaging with Stories and Characters: Learning, Persuasion, and Transportation into Narrative Worlds

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Although individuals often believe they are immune to media influence, a substantial body of research suggests that media presentations, including fictional narratives, can influence individuals’ attitudes and beliefs. The current chapter explores reasons why individuals fail to recognize media effects in their own lives, and explains the mechanisms by which media influence occurs. We highlight the operation of unconscious processes that can account for both pervasive media effects and a lack of awareness of these effects. We also focus specifically on transportation, the experience of cognitive and emotional immersion into a story. Transported readers experience emotions in response to a story, form connections with characters, and are more cognitively open to story claims.

Keywords: characters; emotions; narrative transportation; persuasion; stories; fiction

Article.  9727 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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