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Innovators in Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar Series

Please join us for a talk given by Dr. Buddhika Bellana, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Glendon, York University.

Monday, February 28, 2022
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Zoom - https://dartmouth.zoom.us/j/92962376010?pwd=QW5rTVZ1WEZnMXFIbnlCUE5reW1xQT09
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Title: Narrative thinking lingers in spontaneous thought


Abstract: Stories have an ability to transport us into alternate worlds. Whether it be in the form of a novel, a movie, or a vivid anecdote from conversation, this immersive quality is a central feature of how we engage with stories. Interestingly, stories also tend to persist in our minds. Most of us can easily think of a story that has stuck with us – one we could not shake for hours or even days – however, to date little empirical work exists on this phenomenon. If narratives can elicit a persistent influence on thought, how can we measure it in the laboratory? What are its cognitive properties? What are its consequences for our understanding of memory? In this talk, I will present the results of a series of experiments using a free association paradigm and techniques from natural language processing to begin unpacking the lasting influence of stories on spontaneous thought.
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