The Effects of Animal Narratives on Learning
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Previous studies show that the degree to which an individual is transported into a narrative influences the way the story affects their attitudes and beliefs. This study looks in particular at how individuals learn about animals through animal narratives. We manipulated visualization, anthropomorphism, story type (fiction/non-fiction), and factuality to determine how these factors influence both transportation and learning. Our findings determined that there was no significant influence of visualization on the degree of transportation experienced by participants (p>.05). Results found that anthropomorphic stories were less transportive than non-anthropomorphic stories. Data also concluded that participants more highly transported answer more questions correctly, implying a higher rate of learning.
animals; narratives; transportation; anthropomorphism
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