Mental Calisthenics and Self-Reflexive Fiction

In The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Approaches to Literature. New York, NY, USA: pp. 559-80 (2015)
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Drawing on what we know about priming effects, informational encapsulation, lucid dreaming, imaginative practice, and the “mirror box” illusion, this article argues that self-reflexive fictions may enhance our capacity for simultaneous belief and disbelief, a capacity of surprising importance for human flourishing.

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Joshua Landy
Stanford University


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