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The Role of Transportability in a WWII Scenario

Busche, Nico (2023) The Role of Transportability in a WWII Scenario.

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Abstract:The level of transportation into a narrative will determine how much the reader feels part of the story and connected to the characters. This study examines the effect of a person's level of empathy on their transportation into a narrative and how transportation affects the amount of emotional content shown in a fictional letter written to the family of a deceased soldier in WWII. The study contains two parts. First, participants filled out a survey about their level of empathy and their level of transportation after reading a narrative. Then, participants wrote a letter to the family of that soldier. The second part entails a qualitative and quantitative analysis of letters written by players of the WWII-game “Radio General 1”, which has a similar task of letter writing as the survey. The study shows that higher empathy significantly increases transportation into the narrative, while increased transportation leads participants to show significantly more emotional content in the letters than participants that have lower transportation. Furthermore, while themes emerging in the survey letters and game letters are to some extent similar, both sets show significant differences in length, seriousness and depth which speaks for an incomparability of laboratory and real-life settings.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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