November 3rd, 2009

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Story Psych: What Makes a Good Story (Part 3)

Last week I talked about how memory and behaviorism might affect readers’ enjoyment of a story. The final area of psychology I’m going to discuss is persuasion.

When psychologists study persuasive techniques, they are usually focusing on topics like advertising and politics. How do people persuade other people to trust them and believe the message they’re conveying (whether it’s “Buy this product now!” or “Vote for me!”)? But persuasion plays a role in many other areas, including stories.

Read on!

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