All Academic, Inc. Research Logo

Info/CitationFAQResearchAll Academic Inc.
Document

Affective-News Theory: Effects of Narrative Structure on Suspense, Curiosity, and Enjoyment While Reading News and Novels
Unformatted Document Text:  News Narratives 8 It is assumed that namely this affective effectiveness, or "discourse force", of a text turns a simple depiction of an event sequence into a ’story’ in the journalistic understanding of the term. In the present investigation, hence, the following hypotheses are subject to empirical test: H 1 : Linear narrative structures evoke more suspense than narrative structures with omission. H 2 : Linear narrative structures evoke more suspense than ’inverted pyramid’ structures. H 3 : Linear narrative structures evoke more reading enjoyment than ’inverted pyramid’ structures. H 4 : Narrative structures with omission evoke more curiosity than linear narrative structures H 5 : Narrative structures with omission evoke more curiosity than ’inverted pyramid’ structures. H 6 : Narrative structures with omission evoke more reading enjoyment than ’inverted pyramid’ structures. H 7 : The effects postulated in H 1 , H 2 , H 3 , H 4 , H 5 , and H 6 apply to journalistic texts as well as to literary texts and are, thereby, independent of authenticity. The empirical investigation of these hypotheses requires two additional assumptions. First, presentational forms cause perceptions of authenticity and can serve for its manipulation instead of contrived instructions. Second, narrative structure and authenticity have no impact on affective dispositions towards protagonists (e.g., Zillmann, 1996) that would, in turn, influence affective responses. Hence, effects of authenticity are not confounded with effects of affective disposition. Method Overview A pilot study, pretest, and main experiment were conducted at a large German University to investigate the relations between narrative structure, authenticity, and audience perceptions. The pilot study, a web-based field experiment in a 2x2 design (linear vs. with omission, news article vs. novel excerpt), presenting three stimulus texts, served to develop suspense and curiosity scales to ensure the effectiveness of the authenticity treatment and to explore effects of the treatments on affective dispositions towards characters. The paper-pencil pretest served to select stimulus material for the main

Authors: Knobloch, Silvia. and Carpentier, Francesca.
first   previous   Page 8 of 32   next   last



background image
News Narratives 8
It is assumed that namely this affective effectiveness, or "discourse force", of a text turns a simple
depiction of an event sequence into a ’story’ in the journalistic understanding of the term. In the present
investigation, hence, the following hypotheses are subject to empirical test:
H
1
:
Linear narrative structures evoke more suspense than narrative structures with omission.
H
2
:
Linear narrative structures evoke more suspense than ’inverted pyramid’ structures.
H
3
:
Linear narrative structures evoke more reading enjoyment than ’inverted pyramid’ structures.
H
4
:
Narrative structures with omission evoke more curiosity than linear narrative structures
H
5
:
Narrative structures with omission evoke more curiosity than ’inverted pyramid’ structures.
H
6
:
Narrative structures with omission evoke more reading enjoyment than ’inverted pyramid’
structures.
H
7
:
The effects postulated in H
1
, H
2
, H
3
, H
4
, H
5
, and H
6
apply to journalistic texts as well as to
literary texts and are, thereby, independent of authenticity.
The empirical investigation of these hypotheses requires two additional assumptions. First,
presentational forms cause perceptions of authenticity and can serve for its manipulation instead of
contrived instructions. Second, narrative structure and authenticity have no impact on affective
dispositions towards protagonists (e.g., Zillmann, 1996) that would, in turn, influence affective
responses. Hence, effects of authenticity are not confounded with effects of affective disposition.
Method
Overview
A pilot study, pretest, and main experiment were conducted at a large German University to
investigate the relations between narrative structure, authenticity, and audience perceptions. The pilot
study, a web-based field experiment in a 2x2 design (linear vs. with omission, news article vs. novel
excerpt), presenting three stimulus texts, served to develop suspense and curiosity scales to ensure the
effectiveness of the authenticity treatment and to explore effects of the treatments on affective
dispositions towards characters. The paper-pencil pretest served to select stimulus material for the main


Convention
All Academic Convention can solve the abstract management needs for any association's annual meeting.
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.
Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!
Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!
Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

first   previous   Page 8 of 32   next   last

©2012 All Academic, Inc.