The SPaCEN Framework for Studying how Stories Relate to Social Cognition


    Prof. Dr. Raymond A. Mar von der York University, Toronto, Kanada, wird für einige Tage am Institut Mensch-Computer-Medien zu Gast sein. Gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Richter (Pädagogische Psychologie) möchte ich Sie herzlich zu einem Gastvortrag von Prof. Mar einladen.

    Datum: Mittwoch, 28. Juni 2017, 16.15 - 17.45 Uhr
    Ort: Hörsaal 0.002, Zentrales Hörsaal- und Seminargebäude


    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. I present the early workings of 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 hope to 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.

    Von Prof. Dr. Markus Appel



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