ポジティブな文章を読むと気分が良くなるのか?  [in Japanese] Do we feel better from reading positive texts?  [in Japanese]

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<p>We read books for entertainment(Hirayama 2015). Reading is motivated by expectations of experiencing positive emotions. However, Fukuda (2016) failed to observe positive changes in the feelings of the participants of an experiment who read a short positive story. As that result may have been because the materials were too short for any emotional changes to occur,the present study investigates the effect of reading a long positive novel on readersʼemotions.</p><p>In our sequence of experiments, the participants were university students. Two positive novels and two neutral textbooks about psychology were first selected in a pilot study. In the main experiment,we hypothesized that reading a long positive novel,but not a long neutral text,would elicit positive emotions within the readers. The results of a 2 x 2(valance:positive vs.neutral text x test period:pretest vs.posttest)mixed-design ANOVA revealed that participants felt better after reading the positive novels compared to reading the neutral texts. We discuss the implications of these findings for reading as a distraction strategy and for research on readersʼ emotions.</p>

<p>We read books for entertainment(Hirayama 2015). Reading is motivated by expectations of experiencing positive emotions. However, Fukuda (2016) failed to observe positive changes in the feelings of the participants of an experiment who read a short positive story. As that result may have been because the materials were too short for any emotional changes to occur,the present study investigates the effect of reading a long positive novel on readersʼemotions.</p><p>In our sequence of experiments, the participants were university students. Two positive novels and two neutral textbooks about psychology were first selected in a pilot study. In the main experiment,we hypothesized that reading a long positive novel,but not a long neutral text,would elicit positive emotions within the readers. The results of a 2 x 2(valance:positive vs.neutral text x test period:pretest vs.posttest)mixed-design ANOVA revealed that participants felt better after reading the positive novels compared to reading the neutral texts. We discuss the implications of these findings for reading as a distraction strategy and for research on readersʼ emotions.</p>

Journal

  • The Science of Reading

    The Science of Reading 59(4), 161-171, 2017

    The Japan Reading Association

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130006329563
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AN00172568
  • Text Lang
    JPN
  • ISSN
    0387-284X
  • NDL Article ID
    028748548
  • NDL Call No.
    Z21-152
  • Data Source
    NDL  J-STAGE 
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