All other things being equal, events that happened just recently are more accessible to us than events that happened a while ago.
Thus, in a situation model, enter should be less accessible after An hour ago, John entered the building than after A moment ago, John entered the building.
Recent probe-word recognition experiments support this prediction (e.g., Zwaan, 1996).
Protagonists and Objects
Comprehenders also make inferences about the emotional states of characters.
For example, if we read a story about Paul, who wants his brother Luke to be good in baseball, the concept of “pride” becomes activated in our mind when we read
that Luke receives the Most Valuable Player Award (Gernsbacher, Goldsmith, & Robertson, 1992).
Thus, just as in real life, we make inferences about people’s emotions when we comprehend stories.