Sara Grady’s research explores narrative experience on psychological and biological levels. What makes movies feel real? Why do we care about fictional characters and events enough to revisit them time and again, or talk about them with friends? In other words, what motivates narrative entertainment processing, how is it so intrinsically rewarding, and how does a story experience unfold over time? She uses quantitative approaches, dynamic models, and continuous response measures to understand behavioral, cognitive and physiological processes.