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  • Academic Research/Referential Process Seminar

    Literary and Genre Fiction: Their characteristics and the psychological consequences of engaging with them

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    8:00 PM

    with David Kidd and Martino Ongis

    As recent research has shown (Kidd & Castano, 2013), reading literary fiction improves our ability to interpret and understand others’ mental states, an important ability referred to as Theory of Mind (ToM). In the Cognitive, Social and Developmental Psychology Program at the New School for Social Research, Emanuele Castano, David Kidd, and Martino Ongis are focusing on the psychological consequences of reading fiction, as well as investigating which characteristics lead to these effects. To this end, they are attempting to use empirical psychological methods to identify linguistic features that can help distinguish types of fiction, and then link those linguistic differences to psychological effects. In this seminar they will discuss their investigation of one of these measures, the Weighted Referential Activity Dictionary (WRAD), a measure of language style that reflects the degree to which a writer describes episodes or images so that they emotionally connect with the reader.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    David Kidd is Postdoctoral Fellow at the New School for Social Research where he teaches a course titled "The Psychology of Fiction." David received his PhD from the New School for Social Research this winter, and he previously studied at New York University and Emory University.

    Martino Ongis is a Graduate Student at the New School for Social Research. After graduating in Psychology at the University of Bergamo, Martino spent six months of internship at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute as a research scholar, under the supervision of Wilma Bucci and Bernie Maskit.

    Emanuele Castano is Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Cognitive, Social and Developmental Psychology Program at the New School for Social Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the Universitè Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), a certificate in political psychology from Ohio State University (U.S.A) and a BA in psychology from the University of Padova (Italy). Professor Castano directs the overall research program represented in this talk.

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