A cognitive model of counterintuitive story understanding

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Authors
  1. Upal, M.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
Abstract
Stories containing counterintuitive concepts are prevalent in a variety of cultural forms including folktales, TV and radio commercials, and religious parables. Cognitive anthropologists have hypothesized that this may be because counterintuitive concepts are surprising and more memorable for people and therefore more likely to become widespread in a culture. How and why people remember such concepts has been subject of some debate among cognitive scientists. This paper presents a number of studies designed to test predictions of the context-based model of counterintuitive story understanding.
Keywords
influence activities;I/O message design;semantic memory;counterintuitive concepts
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P165 — External Literature
Date of publication
12 Jan 2016
Number of Pages
21
DSTKIM No
CA041893
CANDIS No
803026
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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