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Title: A sixth sense: Narrative experiences of stories with twist endings
Authors: Komeda, Hidetsugu
Taira, Tomohiro
Tsunemi, Kohei
Kusumi, Takashi  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Rapp, David N.
Author's alias: 楠見, 孝
Keywords: narrative comprehension
twist endings
discourse comprehension
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Journal title: Scientific Study of Literature
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Start page: 203
End page: 231
Abstract: Stories with twist endings are popular, but little research has examined how readers experience them. To begin developing such an account, we examined the affective responses that emerge during stories with twist endings. In Experiment 1, 28 Japanese participants read a story with a twist ending. Greater empathy and stronger expectations were associated with slower reading times during participants’ first reading of the story. However, on participants’ second reading, greater empathy and stronger expectations were associated with faster reading times. In Experiment 2, we tested the generality of these effects by asking 36 English-speaking participants to read four stories with twist endings. The results were similar to Experiment 1. Readers’ initial and recurring responses to stories with twist endings reflect changes in surprise and empathy. These feelings underlie engagement with and interest in unexpected and often incoherent contents, which are characteristics of stories with twist endings.
Rights: © 2018 John Benjamins.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1075/ssol.17002.kom
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