Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN 2210-4372
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Absorption has proven to be an important mediator of reading enjoyment and persuasive text effects (Green & Brock, 2000Kuijpers et al., 2014). Typically, absorbing experiences with narrative media are captured using self-report measuring instruments. One such instrument is the Story World Absorption Scale, which is comprised of four dimensions: Attention, Emotional Engagement, Mental Imagery, and Transportation (Kuijpers et al., 2014). As of yet, we do not know how these dimensions relate to one another. Data from four different studies (one survey and three experiments) using the Story World Absorption Scale were investigated with the use of structural equation modeling to attempt to answer this question. The results show that attention fulfills a crucial role in the absorption experience confirming the work of Kuiken and Douglas (20172018) on absorption-like states. The findings inspire a discussion on how we (should) use multi-dimensional instruments in the field of empirical literary studies.


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