What happens to you when you read?
What happens to you when you read?

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.


cognitive perspective
Cognition refers to the mental processes that take place in the brain, so cognitive perspective refers to how someone perceives and thinks about the world.
emotional state
Psychologists tend to differentiate between traits (which are long term or enduring tendencies) and states (which are more temporary or fleeting). An ‘emotional state’ is therefore the fleeting emotion you might experience from moment to moment as you go through any given day.
Erect, bipedal, primate mammals of the group Hominidae, which includes great apes (e.g. gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees) and humans, including their recent, extinct ancestral forms.
Psychologists call behaviour that happens between people when they interact ‘interpersonal behaviour’.
Someone who tells a story, including a character who tells the story in a work of fiction.
Plural of the word schema, coming from the Greek word meaning ‘figure’. Mental structures that organise different types of information and the relationship between them.
Bruner (1990)
You may wonder what it means when you see an authors name and a date next to it like this. A name and date beside it in brackets, signifies that the information has come from an academic source. It tells you who wrote the source information and the year they wrote it in, and the full reference to what they wrote can be found in the reference section for this course.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371