Faculty of Management Speaker Series: Raymond Mar

How relationships in reality and narrative fiction relate and interact
Dr. Raymond A. Mar, Associate Professor of Psychology, York University

How can imagined experiences in fictional story-worlds impact the way we think and feel in reality? Dr. Mar will summarize recent research from The Mar Lab at York University that explores the role intimate relationships have in shaping how we engage with stories: 

• Dr. Marina Rain’s research shows that adult attachment can predict how people engage with stories. Her results hint at how fiction satisfies different needs for those with different attachment styles.

• Dr. Elizabeth van Monsjou’s research engages with the idea of “shipping,” in which people become strongly invested in the coupling of fictional characters. She investigates whether this is a unique form of media engagement, who is likely to ship and why, and the relationship between shippers and story creators




Room 3089, Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax


Free public event

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Dr. Raymond A. Mar received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2007 and has been at York University ever since, where he is an Associate Professor of Psychology. Dr. Mar employs the methods of personality psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience to research the real-world influence of imaginative experiences. This includes engagement with fictional narratives across various forms of media (e.g., novels, films, videogames). This research has been published in the Annual Review of Psychology, Human Brain Mapping, and Discourse Processes, among other outlets. Dr. Mar's research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Co-sponsored by the Rowe School of Business