The Mar Lab researches a diverse range of topics, that often cluster around the following central questions:


1. How is one's experience with narrative fiction (e.g., novels, movies, plays) similar to a cognitive and emotional simulation of social experience?


2. What are the cognitive, social, and emotional outcomes of exposure to narrative fiction, both in the short-term and over one's lifetime?


In general, we examine how imagined experiences can affect real-world cognition and emotion, but we also study a variety of the other research questions. You can find out more about our research by reading our papers. A good place to start might be the Mar (2018) article entitled Stories and the promotion of social cognition, or the longer piece published that same year entitled Evaluating Whether Stories can Promote Social Cognition: Introducing the Social Processes and Content Entrained by Narrative (SPaCEN) Framework.