Reading Fictional Stories and Winning Delayed Prizes: The Surprising Emotional Impact of Distant Events

@article{Ebert2014ReadingFS,
  title={Reading Fictional Stories and Winning Delayed Prizes: The Surprising Emotional Impact of Distant Events},
  author={J. Ebert and T. Meyvis},
  journal={Journal of Consumer Research},
  year={2014},
  volume={41},
  pages={794-809}
}
Hedonic experiences that involve real, immediate events (such as reading about a recent, real-life tragic event) naturally evoke strong affective reactions. When these events are instead fictional or removed in time, they should be perceived as more psychologically distant and evoke weaker affective reactions. The current research shows that, while consumers' intuitions are in line with this prediction, their actual emotional experiences are surprisingly insensitive to the distancing… Expand
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