Narrative Cognition in Interactive Systems: Suspense-Surprise and the P300 ERP Component

  • Luis Emilio Bruni
  • Sarune Baceviciute
  • Mohammed Arief
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8832)


In this article we explore some of the methodological problems related to characterizing cognitive aspects of involvement with interactive narratives using well known EEG/ERP techniques. To exemplify this, we construct an experimental EEG-ERP set-up with an interactive narrative that considers the dialectical relation between suspense and surprise as a function of expectancy, which in turn can be correlated to the P300-ERP component. We address the difficulties of designing a coherent narrative with a suitable level of closure while meeting the requirements of the ERP experimental procedures. We stress the necessity of fine-tuning the highly specific ERP paradigms necessary for the investigation of user experience in interactive narratives and storytelling.


Narrative cognition interactive narrative ERP P300 component EEG suspense surprise expectancy interactive storytelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Emilio Bruni
    • 1
  • Sarune Baceviciute
    • 1
  • Mohammed Arief
    • 1
  1. 1.Augmented Cognition Lab, Department of Architecture, Design and Media TechnologyAalborg UniversityCopenhagenDenmark

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