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The Representation of Fictional Information
Richard J. Gerrig and Deborah A. Prentice
Vol. 2, No. 5 (Sep., 1991), pp. 336-340
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40062704
Page Count: 5
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Much of the information we encounter every day appears in settings that are clearly marked as fictional (e.g., novels, television, movies). Our studies explore the extent to which information acquired through these fictional worlds is incorporated into real-world knowledge. We used short stories to introduce fictional facts. The first experiment demonstrated that fictional information penetrates into judgments about beliefs, suggesting incorporation. The second experiment demonstrated, nonetheless, that representations of fictional information retain features of compartmentalization. We suggest, accordingly, that readers create hybrid representations of fictional information.
Psychological Science © 1991 Association for Psychological Science