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Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing

Karin Kukkonen


Probability Designs develops a comprehensive account of the predictions and probabilities at play in literature, in particular novels. Novels, it is argued, provide readers with a designed sensory flow in their plots, style, and relation to other texts. The model traces, based on research in predictive processing, how this designed sensory flow revises readers’ expectations and leads them to engage in exploratory thinking. The model is then embedded in a co-evolutionary account of how language, writing, and fictionality enable literary designer environments in which thought can be extended bey ... More

Keywords: literature, predictive processing, 4E cognition, design, co-evolution, form, probability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190050955
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190050955.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karin Kukkonen, author
Professor, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo