The Reader's Attentional State

The subject's attentional state has three major manifestations. The first is a heightened sense of the reality of the attentional object; in other words, an effect of concentrated attention (characteristic of both hypnosis and of reading trance) is to endow its object with a peculiar vividness and intensity. The full commitment of attention leads in turn to the second correlate, imperviousness to normally distracting events. The third correlate is "an altered sense of reality in general and of the self in particular" because "the vivid subjective reality experienced during episodes of absorbed attention may...during more 'decentred' normal states of wakefulness inpress on as 'altered,' 'unreal,' or 'imaginary.'"

Nell, p. 214 (Tellegen and Atkinson)

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