EXPERIMENTAL HUMANITIES LAB

Narratives are essential to who we are as humans. We orient ourselves in the world by means of stories, gossip, and narrative thinking. Guided by narratives, we form our identities, join groups, make decisions concerning belief, act, love, and experience emotions. Our lab aims to make sense of human stories

One of the unique parts about our lab is the wide range of topics we study and how we study them. We often begin with qualitative questions and find quantitive measures to explore possible answers. 

 

We focus on narrative events, empathy, moral reasoning and moral ambiguity, side-taking, untold stories, character fascination, memory and retelling, multiversionality, divergent thinking, and excuses (in legal and medical settings). We have published on some of these topics as well as on violence, surprise, affect, and aesthetics. 

One of our goals is to produce a catalogue of basic narratives. We study narratives and narrative thinking through a variety of methods, including serial reproduction. Put more simply: we play the telephone game with large numbers of people who retell stories for us. Our goals are to better understand the way we use narratives and to utilize narratives to improve learning and human interactions. 

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