Understanding the Interplay of Life Satisfaction, Impact of Public Health Crises, Narrative Transportation, and Mind Wandering.
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The proposed study is a research proposal that examines how individual difference trait and state variables influence the experience of a clip from the 2011 film, Contagion that portrays a pandemic similar to Covid 19. Then participants will perform a mundane reading task and the rates of mind wandering instances away from this task will be recorded. Research on narrative transportation (becoming totally immersed in a film) shows that the higher the immersion in a film, the more the information in the film can influence and persuade mindsets (Green & Brock, 2000). Additionally, research by Bekalu et al. (2017) showed that narrative transportation induces increased mind wandering when viewing a narrative-based video clip relative to a non-narrative-based video clip. A recent study by Trzebiński et al. (2020) showed that that higher level of meaning in life, life satisfaction, and positive social outlook corresponded with a less stressful and less anxious reaction to COVID-19. Therefore, we plan to measure participants on each of these variables (meaning in life, life satisfaction, etc.) and hypothesize that those who score high on these measures will show less immersion while watching the film clip from Contagion and accordingly will show less film clip related mind wandering in a task administered after the film
Senior honors thesis / Open Access
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