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Towards a Cognitive Theory of Emotions
Abstract A theory is proposed that emotions are cognitively based states which co-ordinate quasi-autonomous processes in the nervous system. Emotions provide a biological solution to certain problemsExpand
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The Function of Fiction is the Abstraction and Simulation of Social Experience
  • R. Mar, K. Oatley
  • Psychology, Computer Science
  • Perspectives on psychological science : a journal…
  • 1 May 2008
Fiction literature has largely been ignored by psychology researchers because its only function seems to be entertainment, with no connection to empirical validity. Expand
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Bookworms versus nerds: Exposure to fiction versus non-fiction, divergent associations with social ability, and the simulation of fictional social worlds
While frequent readers are often stereotyped as socially awkward, this may only be true of non-Wction readers and not readers of Wction. Comprehending characters in a narrative Wction appears toExpand
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Why Fiction May be Twice as True as Fact: Fiction as Cognitive and Emotional Simulation
Although fiction treats themes of psychological importance, it has been excluded from psychology because it is seen as involving flawed empirical method. But fiction is not empirical truth. It isExpand
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The language of emotions: An analysis of a semantic field
Abstract This paper uses a theory of the emotions to motivate a semantic analysis of English words referring to emotions. The theory assumes that emotions have a two-fold communicative function, bothExpand
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A taxonomy of the emotions of literary response and a theory of identification in fictional narrative
A taxonomy of emotions of literary response is presented. Some emotions occur as readers confront a text: they depend on curiosity as new material is assimilated to schemata, or on dishabituation asExpand
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Exploring the link between reading fiction and empathy: Ruling out individual differences and examining outcomes
Abstract Readers of fiction tend to have better abilities of empathy and theory of mind (Mar et al., Journal of Personality 74: 1047–1078, 2006). We present a study designed to replicate thisExpand
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Emotion and narrative fiction: Interactive influences before, during, and after reading
Emotions are central to the experience of literary narrative fiction. Affect and mood can influence what book people choose, based partly on whether their goal is to change or maintain their currentExpand
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Basic emotions, rationality, and folk theory
Abstract Answering the question of whether there are basic emotions requires considering the functions of emotions. We propose that just a few emotions are basic and that they have functions inExpand
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Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction
Preface. Acknowledgments. 1 Fiction as dream: Models, world-building, simulation. 2 The space-in-between: Childhood play as the entrance to fiction. 3 Creativity: Imagined worlds. 4 Character,Expand
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