alexa Narrative-based representations of social knowledge: Their construction and use in comprehension, memory, and judgment.
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Robert S Wyer Jr, Rashmi Adaval, Stanley J Colcombe

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As Schank and Abelson ( 1995, p. 2) eloquently suggest, much of the information that we transmit and receive about the world in which we live is conveyed to us in the form of a narrative. That is, it consists of a series of temporally related events involving oneself or other persons, along with the states of affairs that either cause or result from these events. This information can be acquired either through direct experience or from written and oral descriptions. In the course of comprehending it, a mental representation may be formed of the sequence of events as a whole, and this representation may be stored in memory. Later, the representation may be recalled and used to describe the events to others, to interpret new experiences that are similar, and to make judgments or behavioral decisions.

This article was published in Advances in Experimental Social Psychology and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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