Psychological Processes Underlying Literary Impact

@article{Gerrig2004PsychologicalPU,
  title={Psychological Processes Underlying Literary Impact},
  author={Richard J. Gerrig and Richard J David N Rapp},
  journal={Poetics Today},
  year={2004},
  volume={25},
  pages={265 - 281}
}
Most psychological researchers now accept the premise that literary narra- tives have an effect on people's everyday lives. Contemporary research examines the types of psychological processes that give rise to literary impact. The article describes experiments in two broad areas. First, it supports a position called the willing construc- tion of disbelief and relates that to readers' feelings of having been transported to nar- rative worlds. The data suggest that readers must expend strategic… CONTINUE READING

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