Story World Absorption Scale

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Description: Even though there is extensive research on absorbing experiences with narrative media, an instrument able to measure di erent aspects of absorption in the story world of a textual narrative has yet to be developed. Such an instrument should be able to predict di erent evaluative responses while at the same time being sensi- tive to various stimulus materials, because it could help further the research into the relationships between narrative texts, absorbing experiences and entertain- ment outcomes. is paper develops such an instrument through a literature review, interview study, pilot study, and exploratory and con rmatory factor analysis. Attention, transportation, emotional engagement and mental imagery were found to be dimensions of story world absorption. e nal scale is reliable, sensitive to di erent stimulus materials and able to predict two di erent evaluative responses: enjoyment and impact. It is argued that the text a reader reads deter- mines the particular evaluative response to a story world absorption experience.

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Here you can find the Story World Absorption Scale in its English, Dutch and German versions. Each of these versions has been thoroughly validated. Feel free to use this instrument in your research on narrative absorption. When you do, please refer to: Kuijpers, M. M., Hakemulder, F., Tan, E. S., & Doicaru, M. M. (2014). Exploring absorbing reading experiences. Developing and validatin a self-rep...

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