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date: 22 January 2020

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It is uncontroversial that as a text is being read, processing must fluctuate as a function of external stimuli, changing priorities of the reader, and the developing interest value of the text. These processing fluctuations have the potential to produce substantial effects on the mental representations constructed from the text and on subsequent memory for the discourse. Such effects can change the interpretation and appreciation of a literary work. In this chapter, a framework for describing processing fluctuations is developed and a methodology for examining the effects on literary appreciation and memory is described. Pivotal in this analysis is the interest value of the work for the reader, and the analysis and method was applied to a work of high interest and one of low interest.

Keywords: processing fluctuation, discourse memory, literary appreciation, interest, methodology

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