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The Common Neural Basis of Autobiographical Memory, Prospection, Navigation, Theory of Mind, and the Default Mode: A Quantitative Meta-analysis
A core brain network has been proposed to underlie a number of different processes, including remembering, prospection, navigation, and theory of mind, and has been argued to represent self-projection. Expand
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The neural bases of social cognition and story comprehension.
  • R. Mar
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Annual review of psychology
  • 2011
A great deal of research exists on the neural basis of theory-of-mind (ToM) or mentalizing. Qualitative reviews on this topic have identified a mentalizing network composed of the medial prefrontalExpand
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The Toronto Empathy Questionnaire: Scale Development and Initial Validation of a Factor-Analytic Solution to Multiple Empathy Measures
To formulate a parsimonious tool to assess empathy, we used factor analysis on a combination of self-report measures to examine consensus and developed a brief self-report measure of this commonExpand
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The neuropsychology of narrative: story comprehension, story production and their interrelation
  • R. Mar
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Neuropsychologia
  • 2004
Stories are used extensively for human communication; both the comprehension and production of oral and written narratives constitute a fundamental part of our experience. While study of this topicExpand
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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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Psychological entropy: a framework for understanding uncertainty-related anxiety.
Entropy, a concept derived from thermodynamics and information theory, describes the amount of uncertainty and disorder within a system. Self-organizing systems engage in a continual dialogue withExpand
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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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Imagine all the people: how the brain creates and uses personality models to predict behavior.
The behaviors of other people are often central to envisioning the future. The ability to accurately predict the thoughts and actions of others is essential for successful social interactions, withExpand
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