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Psychology Seminar: Raymond Mar (York University)

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SABANCI UNIVERSITY
FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

PSYCHOLOGY SEMINAR

The SPaCEN Framework for Studying how Stories Relate to Social Cognition

 

Dr. Raymond Mar
(York University)

 April 11, 2018 at 13:30

FASS 2034

Much research points to a positive association between exposure to fictional narratives (e.g., books, movies, TV shows) and social cognitive processes such as mental-inference ability and empathy. However, these studies have yet to be synthesized into a framework that formalizes the exact nature of how, when, and why engagement with fiction might help to promote social cognition. In this talk I present such a framework, entitled Social Processes and Content Entrained by Narrative (SPaCEN). It argues that there are two main routes through which stories could promote social cognition, (1) through frequent engagement of social-cognitive processes or (2) the presentation of explicit content about the social world. I outline the implications of both routes and review the supporting evidence for each. Although a great deal of research exists, there are numerous gaps in knowledge that remain unanswered and often unaddressed, providing ample motivation for future research.