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The role of make-believe in Foley

Carruthers, Lindsey; Turner, Phil


Phil Turner


Phil Turner

J Tuomas Harviainen


The acts of pretending and make-believe are almost exclusively studied in the context of child development and child psychology. This study was therefore an exploratory investigation of these functions in adulthood. Ten Foley artists were interviewed about the role of pretending and make-believe in their occupation, and the results supported our prediction that adults are capable of, and readily partake in, pretending and make-believe. We discuss the existing literature on pretending and make-believe, the methodological challenges we faced, and our conclusions based on extended quotes from the participants. It is hoped that our identification of ‘professional make-believers’ can instigate further research, and the study of pretending beyond childhood.

Publication Date Apr 26, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 10, 2016
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 125-139
Series Title Human-Computer Interactions
Series ISSN 1571-5035
Book Title Digital Make-Believe
Chapter Number 8
ISBN 978-3-319-29551-0
Keywords Pretending; make-believe; child development; child psychology;
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