Immersion is Attention / Becoming Immersed

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Children sometimes lose themselves in make-believe games. Actors sometimes lose themselves in their roles. Readers sometimes lose themselves in their books. From people's introspective self-reports and phenomenological experiences, these immersive experiences appear to differ from ordinary experiences of simply playing a game, simply acting out a role, and simply reading a book. What explains the difference? My answer: attention. [Unpublishable 2007-2017. This paper was referenced in Liao and Doggett (2014).]

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Shen-yi Liao
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