The Permeability of Fictional Worlds

Meghan M. Salomon, Lance J. Rips

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Abstract

Real people sometimes appear in fiction, for example, Napoleon in War and Peace. Readers may also believe that a person who never actually appears in a novel could potentially appear there. In two experiments, we find evidence that readers think that a real person could appear in specific novels and physically interact with a character. This effect is magnified when the person and character share spatial and temporal elements of their setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2016
EditorsAnna Papafragou, Daniel Grodner, Daniel Mirman, John C. Trueswell
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
Pages2111-2116
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780991196739
StatePublished - 2016
Event38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Recognizing and Representing Events, CogSci 2016 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2016Aug 13 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2016

Conference

Conference38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Recognizing and Representing Events, CogSci 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period8/10/168/13/16

Keywords

  • fictional worlds
  • novels
  • world knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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