Spider-Man? Sure! The neuroscience of suspending disbelief

@article{Holland2008SpiderManST,
  title={Spider-Man? Sure! The neuroscience of suspending disbelief},
  author={N. Holland},
  journal={Interdisciplinary Science Reviews},
  year={2008},
  volume={33},
  pages={312 - 320}
}
  • N. Holland
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Abstract When 'transported' by stories or plays or movies, we feel no skepticism at, say, Spider-Man's webbing his way among the skyscrapers. Following Coleridge, we have called this phenomenon, the 'willing suspension of disbelief'. Psychological experiments show, however, that during our experience of any narrative, we do not suspend disbelief. We believe, and then we partly disbelieve. Our brains link reality-testing to action and the possibility of action to change what we are perceiving… Expand

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