a mental structure consisting of sets of expectations about the way in which stories proceed.

yue86231

Member
chinese
Hello everyone, I have difficulty to understand this sentence.

A story schema, is a mental structure consisting of sets of expectations about the way in which stories proceed.

I tried to break this sentence down:

1. a story schema is a mental structure.
2. this structure includes several sets of expectations.
3. the expectations are about...

4. Here comes my question, how should I break down the last part? stories will be proceed in the way?

So the whole sentence means:

a story schema tells us, how should we proceed a story.

Have I understood the sentence correctly?

Thanks

Regards,
Y.
 
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    Maybe "how stories go" or "how stories unfold" .

    You know, you really should tell us where you got this sentence from, it might affect our reading of it.
     

    steve_c

    New Member
    English - Midlands
    I come a little late to this story, but for me it is as much about psychology as anything. The idea of scripts, schemas and the like is a concept psychologists use to explain how people understand situations and plan what they will do. For example, if you enter a restaurant it is supposed that a certain script is activated in your mind. This helps you understand what is happening and helps guide you how to behave. The classic paper in the old days was by Schank and Abelson in around 1975.
     
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