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Ms Rose Turner

Research project: Within the Minds of Others: The Benefits of Engaging with Fictional Worlds for Real-World Empathic Abilities

Abstract

Engaging with fictional narratives may benefit real-world interpersonal skills, by providing a means to exercise the cognitive mechanisms associated with empathic understanding. However, empathy is a multidimensional phenomenon and fiction is engaged with via a range of formats. My research examines relationships between different ways of engaging with fiction and different routes to empathic understanding. I hope to contribute to an emerging body of research aiming to establish the benefits of fiction-engagement, and of the arts more broadly, for people's interpersonal skills.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Within the Minds of Others: The Benefits of Engaging with Fictional Worlds for Real-World Empathic Abilities
  • Research supervisor: Professor Frederic Vallee-Tourangeau

Biography

After graduating from Lancaster University (BA Hons., 2006) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA., 2008), I worked as an actor, writer, filmmaker, project manager and applied arts practitioner (using arts-engagement in education and training initiatives). Meanwhile, I completed my Diploma in Psychology through the Open University, which led to research work, academic support in HE, and science writing. In addition to my PhD research, I currently teach (Psychology, SPSS, Research Design and Analysis), and continue to work with a variety of organisations employing and evaluating arts-based initiatives in a range of contexts, including education, criminal justice, medicine, and social care settings.

Areas of research interest

  • Fiction engagement
  • Arts engagement
  • Empathy
  • Agency
  • Research Methods

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Psychology (conversion for postgraduates), The Open University
  • MA Performance Practices and Research, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • BA Hons. Theatre Studies, Lancaster University

Funding or awards received

  • £3000 Qualtrics Academic Bursary, Qualtrics (2018)
  • Best Student Paper Award, International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (2018)
  • PhD Full Studentship Award, Kingston University (2015-2018)
  • Conference fee waiver, British Psychological Society (2017)
  • Conference fee waiver, British Society for Literature and Science (2019)
  • £500 Research Activity Award, Kingston University (2017)

Publications

  • Turner, R. & Felisberti, F. M. (in press). Relationships between fiction media, genre, and empathic abilities. Scientific Study of Literature.
  • Turner, R. (2019). Empathy, agency and the environment at BSLS 2019. British Society of Literature and Science Spring Newsletter. https://www.bsls.ac.uk/bsls-newsletters
  • Turner, R. (2017). Arts and minds: Clarifying the relationship between social cognition and the arts. On Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 2 http://div10.org/newsletter/summer2017 
  • Turner, R. & Felisberti, F. M. (2017). Measuring Mindreading: A review of behavioral approaches to testing cognitive and affective mental state attribution in neurologically typical adults. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00047 
  • Koch, T., Smith, P., Turner, R., & Hutnik, N. (2010). Storytelling with UK Centenarians. University of Surrey Press: Guildford. 
  • Koch, T., Turner, R., Smith, P., & Hutnik, N. (2010). Storytelling Reveals the Active, Positive Lives of Centenarians. Journal for Nursing Older People. 22(8), 31-66. doi: 10.7748/nop2010.10.22.8.31.c7995
Number of items: 6.

Article

Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima M. (2018) Relationships between fiction media, genre, and empathic abilities. Scientific Study of Literature, 8(2), pp. 261-292. ISSN (print) 2210-4372 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima M. (2017) Measuring mindreading : a review of behavioral approaches to testing cognitive and affective mental state attribution in neurologically typical adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(47), ISSN (online) 1664-1078

Turner, Rose (2017) Arts and Minds: Clarifying the relationship between social cognition and the arts. On Aesthetics Creativity and The Arts, 2,

Koch, Tina, Turner, Rose, Smith, Pam and Hutnik, Nimmi (2010) Storytelling reveals the active, positive lives of centenarians. Nursing Older People, 22(8), pp. 31-36. ISSN (print) 1472-0795

Conference or Workshop Item

Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima (2017) Fiction matters : divergent links between fiction media exposure, genre preferences and social skills. In: American Psychological Association 125th Annual Convention; 03 - 05 Aug 2017, Washington, DC, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Monograph

Koch, Tina, Smith, Pam, Turner, Rose and Hutnik, Nimmi (2010) Storytelling with UK Centenarians. (Project Report) Guildford, Surrey : University of Surrey. 201 p.

This list was generated on Fri Jul 19 04:57:56 2019 BST.

Conference papers

  • Turner, R. & Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2019).Immersion in Fictional Stories and Empathic Accuracy: Methodological Challenges and Future Research. Paper presented at the British Society of Literature and Science, Surrey, UK. 
  • Turner, R. (2018). Associations between fiction media and genre engagement, and empathic traits. Paper presented at the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media, Stavanger, Norway. 
  • Turner, R. (2018). The Art of Character: Investigating relationships between fiction-engagement and empathic traits.Paper presented at Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities, Canterbury, UK.
  • Turner, R. & Felisberti, F. M. (2017). Fiction Matters: Divergent links between fiction media exposure, genre preferences and social skills. Poster session presented at American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC. 
  • Turner, R. (2017). Bookworms, film buffs and thespians: Divergent relationships between experience of fiction media, genre and empathic traits. Paper presented at Systemic Cognition Symposium, Kingston, UK.
  • Turner, R. & Felisberti, F. M. (2017). To read or not to read? Divergent relationships between experience of fiction media, genre and empathic abilities. Poster session presented at British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brighton, UK. 
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