The Influence of Fictional Narrative Experience on Work Outcomes: A Conceptual Analysis and Research Model

P. Matthijs Bal*, Olivia S. Butterman, Arnold B. Bakker

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Abstract

Fictional narrative experience is assumed to have a profound impact on human behavior, but the possible outcomes and the processes through which fictional narrative experience influence behaviors have rarely been studied. This paper introduces a model of the consequences of fictional narrative experience through transportation and transformation processes. We discuss a framework for understanding the effects of fictional narrative experience, distinguishing affective and behavioral effects, and temporality of effects (short-term or persistent). Exemplary outcomes of fictional narrative experience are presented, including recovery, creativity and interpersonal behavior. Finally, we propose that the effects of fictional narrative experience are dependent upon a person's frame of reference, as well the extent to which a reader can identify with the main characters, the perceived usefulness of a narrative, and degree of verisimilitude in the narrative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-370
Number of pages10
JournalReview of General Psychology
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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