Imagery and emotional response in reading literary text

Quantitative and qualitative analyses

Ernest T. Goetz, Mark Sadoski, Michael L. Stowe, Thomas G Fetsco, Susan G. Kemp

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Abstract

Quantitative and qualitative aspects of readers' responses to literary text were investigated. College students read a story about the first buffalo hunt of a Sioux youth. The story was presented by a microcomputer to permit monitoring and recording of on-line indices of physiological (i.e., heart rate) and cognitive (i.e., reading time) processes that might be related to imagery and emotional response. After readers had completed reading the story, their imagery and emotional responses were investigated more directly via free reports and ratings of story paragraphs. Although heart rate was not related to imagery or emotional response measures, reading time decreased as emotional response ratings increased. Despite several major procedural variations, imagery and emotional response ratings were highly correlated with those of a previous study using the same story (Sadoski and Goetz, 1985); the relationship between imagery and emotional response ratings remained virtually identical across the two studies. Free reports proved amenable to highly reliable coding procedures and provided a wealth of information regarding qualitative aspects of readers' imagery and emotional responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-49
Number of pages15
JournalPoetics
Volume22
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Imagery and emotional response in reading literary text : Quantitative and qualitative analyses. / Goetz, Ernest T.; Sadoski, Mark; Stowe, Michael L.; Fetsco, Thomas G; Kemp, Susan G.

In: Poetics, Vol. 22, No. 1-2, 1993, p. 35-49.

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Goetz, Ernest T. ; Sadoski, Mark ; Stowe, Michael L. ; Fetsco, Thomas G ; Kemp, Susan G. / Imagery and emotional response in reading literary text : Quantitative and qualitative analyses. In: Poetics. 1993 ; Vol. 22, No. 1-2. pp. 35-49.
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