How and why narrative affects us. A component in, for example, gamification and in empathy.

Michele Weldon, Your Brain on Story.

Paul Zak, How Stories Change the Brain.

Carol Clark, A novel look at how stories may change the brain.

Malka Older’s concept of Narrative disorder.

To read: papers on whether narrative can improve empathy (Johnson, Huffman, and Jasper 2014; Bormann and Greitemeyer 2015; Oatley 2016; Kidd and Castano 2013).

Jon Stokes, The Feed & The Tokenization of Reality is a nice hypothesis. Byrne Hobart summarizes:

This is a very interesting refinement of the filter bubble thesis—it’s not just what you read, but the order in which you encounter things.… Since there are plenty of things that are more interesting when they’re taken out of context, there’s continuous selection against context in any popularity-weighted feed.

Cate Hall, Are we all the heroes of our own stories?.


Berns, Gregory S., Kristina Blaine, Michael J. Prietula, and Brandon E. Pye. 2013. Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain.” Brain Connectivity 3 (6): 590–600.
Bormann, Daniel, and Tobias Greitemeyer. 2015. Immersed in Virtual Worlds and Minds: Effects of In-Game Storytelling on Immersion, Need Satisfaction, and Affective Theory of Mind.” Social Psychological and Personality Science 6 (6): 646–52.
Johnson, Dan R., Brandie L. Huffman, and Danny M. Jasper. 2014. Changing Race Boundary Perception by Reading Narrative Fiction.” Basic and Applied Social Psychology 36 (1): 83–90.
Kidd, David Comer, and Emanuele Castano. 2013. Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind.” Science 342 (6156): 377–80.
Leong, Ching. 2018. The Role of Narratives in Sociohydrological Models of Flood Behaviors.” Water Resources Research 54 (4): 3100–3121.
Oatley, Keith. 2016. Fiction: Simulation of Social Worlds.” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 20 (8): 618–28.
Reagan, Andrew J., Lewis Mitchell, Dilan Kiley, Christopher M. Danforth, and Peter Sheridan Dodds. 2016. The Emotional Arcs of Stories Are Dominated by Six Basic Shapes.” EPJ Data Science 5 (1): 1–12.

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