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Becoming a vampire

Published paper!

Becoming a vampire without being bitten: the narrative collective-assimilation hypothesis.

“We propose the narrative collective-assimilation hypothesis—that experiencing a narrative leads one to psychologically become a part of the collective described within the narrative. In a test of this hypothesis, participants read passages from either a book about wizards (from the Harry Potter series) or a book about vampires (from the Twilight series). Both implicit and explicit measures revealed that participants who read about wizards psychologically became wizards, whereas those who read about vampires psychologically became vampires. The results also suggested that narrative collective assimilation is psychologically meaningful and relates to the basic human need for connection. Specifically, the tendency to fulfill belongingness needs through group affiliation moderated the extent to which narrative collective assimilation occurred, and narrative collective assimilation led to increases in life satisfaction and positive mood, two primary outcomes of belonging. The implications for the importance of narratives, the need to belong to groups, and social surrogacy are discussed.”

Psychological Science August 2011 vol. 22 no. 8 990-994

doi: 10.1177/0956797611415541


7 Responses to “Becoming a vampire”

  1. Marcelo says:

    The psycologist now can create vampires! Cool!

    The funniest thing for me here is that the photo here is one old brazillian comedy TV show carachter called Bento Carneiro The Brazillian Vampire:,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&biw=1326&bih=1255&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=pOBGT5O6HtLDgAfl-9SIDg

  2. Daniela says:

    eu quero se tornar uma vampira igual a bella do crepusculo ja me sinto um pouco porque meus olhos estam ficando meios vermelhos e tenho forca igual o edward e velocidade tambem

  3. angelica says:

    vc tem q ser forte nao so na mente mas no coracao

  4. angelica says:

    vampiros mordem e chupan sangue

  5. Adrian says:

    Quero ser vampiro

  6. Dhananjay upadhayay says:

    Its vampire just like a species .

  7. lila says:

    oi comuser bapiro.

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