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New Articles on Self-Expansion and Entertainment

by Benjamin on June 16th, 2016

Two new publications by me and coauthors are now available online.

In this month’s Journal of Communication, we have the latest TEBOTS (temporarily expanded boundaries of the self) article (see previous theory and ego-depletion pieces). In the new article, we use self-affirmation to alleviate daily threats to the self, and show that those people in the control group (i.e., those who still had threats) were more responsive to narratives. We also develop and test a new measure, the 10-item boundary expansion scale.

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Over at Media Psychology, I’m part another collaboration, this time with Allison Eden and Serena Daalmans, looking at morally ambiguous characters. The project does several cool things – first it uses crowdsourced categories of antiheroes from tvtropes.com as stimuli, but then it asks participants to nominate an antihero from one of those categories and report a variety of narrative responses they’ve had to that character. Primarily, we show that traditional justice-restoration (i.e., morality) is tied to hedonic enjoyment, while expanding the self-concept (i.e., TEBOTS-ing) is tied to eudaimonic appreciation.

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I hope you’ll check out these new publications, as they have exciting findings about self-expansion and its role in entertainment.

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