How and why narrative affects us.
A component in, for example, gamification and in empathy.
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).
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. https://doi.org/10.1089/brain.2013.0166
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550615578177
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/01973533.2013.856791
Kidd, David Comer, and Emanuele Castano. 2013. “Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind.” Science
342 (6156): 377–80. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1239918
Oatley, Keith. 2016. “Fiction: Simulation of Social Worlds.” Trends in Cognitive Sciences
20 (8): 618–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2016.06.002