Fiction matters : divergent links between fiction media exposure, genre preferences and social skills

Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima (2017) Fiction matters : divergent links between fiction media exposure, genre preferences and social skills. In: American Psychological Association 125th Annual Convention; 03 - 05 Aug 2017, Washington, DC, U.S.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Lifetime experience with fictional prose positively relates to social skills. The significance of thematic genres and media formats however, remains unclear. This study tested the general prediction that experience with fiction media and genre formats would differentially relate to dimensions of empathy and altruism. Participants (N = 123) completed a multidimensional task-measure of lifetime fiction-exposure and answered questions about fiction preferences and social skills. Results generally revealed positive correlations among fiction experience and social abilities, in particular, comedy was strongly associated with all social ability measures. Fiction-exposure via prose, film and theatre combined predicted 17% of variability in altruism, although prose was the only statistically significant contributor. The findings support previous evidence linking fiction experience to social skills, and indicate that associations between social abilities, media and genre diverge.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Event Title: American Psychological Association 125th Annual Convention
Organising Body: American Psychological Association
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology (from November 2012)
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Depositing User: Fatima Felisberti
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2018 16:38
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 16:38
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/40472

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