YANSS 113 – The power of fiction to change people’s minds

One of the most effective ways to change people’s minds is to put your argument into a narrative format — a story — but not just any story. The most persuasive narratives are those that transport us. Once departed from normal reality into the imagined world of a story, we become highly susceptible to belief and attitude change.

In this episode, you’ll learn from psychologist Melanie C. Greene the four secrets to creating the most persuasive narratives possible.

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Transportation into narrative worlds: implications for
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Reading a book can change your mind, but only some changes last for a year: food attitude changes in readers of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Adventure Time – Dungeon Train

The Tamale Lesson

Melanie Greene’s Website

Melanie Greene’s Twitter

Video Games and the Human Condition

IMAGE: From Adventure Time, Season 5, Episode 36 – Dungeon Train

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