How Does Fiction Reading Influence Empathy? An Experimental Investigation on the Role of Emotional Transportation

@inproceedings{Bal2013HowDF,
  title={How Does Fiction Reading Influence Empathy? An Experimental Investigation on the Role of Emotional Transportation},
  author={Punyasloka Bal and Martijn Veltkamp},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2013}
}
The current study investigated whether fiction experiences change empathy of the reader. Based on transportation theory, it was predicted that when people read fiction, and they are emotionally transported into the story, they become more empathic. Two experiments showed that empathy was influenced over a period of one week for people who read a fictional story, but only when they were emotionally transported into the story. No transportation led to lower empathy in both studies, while study 1… CONTINUE READING
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