Mar 23, 2018 | 15:00—16:00
Scholars have long debated the existence and properties of a “common structure” that underlies narratives. Using modern, computer-based language analysis methods, we measured several structural and psychological categories of language across multiple corpora of novels, short stories, films, and written projective stories. Across all forms of stories, analyses revealed a small but consistent underlying structure to narratives that is driven by 3 primary processes: Staging, Plot Progression, and Cognitive Tension. This research provides empirical insights into the structure of narrative, providing hints as to what it may tell us about the evolution of story-making.