Mind, Brain and Narrative

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/25/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Narratives enable readers to vividly experience fictional and non-fictional contexts. Writers use a variety of language features to control these experiences: they direct readers in how to construct contexts, how to draw inferences and how to identify the key parts of a story. Writers can skilfully convey physical sensations, prompt emotional states, effect moral responses and even alter the readers' attitudes. Mind, Brain and Narrative examines the psychological and neuroscientific evidence for the mechanisms which underlie narrative comprehension. The authors explore the scientific developments which demonstrate the importance of attention, counterfactuals, depth of processing, perspective and embodiment in these processes. In so doing, this timely, interdisciplinary work provides an integrated account of the research which links psychological mechanisms of language comprehension to humanities work on narrative and style.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Narrative and the rhetorical processing framework
Fundamentals of text processing
Multiple levels: counterfactual worlds and figurative language
Attention in text: foregrounding and rhetorical focussing
Rhetorical focussing and depth of processing
The experiential aspect: using embodiment theory
Narrative perspective and the representation of speech and thought
Hot cognition: emotion, empathy and suspense
Narrative's social impact: persuasion and attitude change
Final comments
Author index
Subject index
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