Psychology of Entertainment

Psychology of Entertainment

by Jennings Bryant
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0805852379

ISBN-13: 9780805852370

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

As entertainment becomes a trillion-dollar-a-year industry worldwide, as our modern era increasingly lives up to its label of the "entertainment age," and as economists begin to recognize that entertainment has become the driving force of the new world economy, it is safe to say that scholars are beginning to take entertainment seriously. The scholarly spin on

Overview

As entertainment becomes a trillion-dollar-a-year industry worldwide, as our modern era increasingly lives up to its label of the "entertainment age," and as economists begin to recognize that entertainment has become the driving force of the new world economy, it is safe to say that scholars are beginning to take entertainment seriously. The scholarly spin on entertainment has been manifested in traditional ways, as well as innovative ones. Representing the current state of theory and research, Psychology of Entertainment promises to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on entertainment. It serves to define this new area of study and provides a theoretical spin for future work in the area.

As a singular collection of scholarship representing the continuing evolution of entertainment studies, Psychology of Entertainment will appeal to scholars, researchers, and graduate students in media studies and mass communication, psychology, marketing, and other areas contributing to the entertainment studies area.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805852370
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Routledge Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
List of Contributorsxv
IPreparation and Reception Processes
1Motivation3
2Selective Exposure Processes19
3Attention and Television35
4Perception55
5Comprehension and Memory71
6Media Information Processing85
IIReaction Processes
7Fantasy and Imagination105
8Attribution and Entertainment: It's Not Who Dunnit, it's Why119
9The Psychology of Disposition-Based Theories of Media Enjoyment137
10Empathy: Affective Reactivity to Others' Emotional Experiences151
11Audience Identification with Media Characters183
12Involvement199
13Dramaturgy for Emotions from Fictional Narration215
14Mood Management: Theory, Evidence, and Advancements239
15Social Identity Theory255
16Equity and Justice273
17Parasocial Interactions and Relationships291
18Why Horror Doesn't Die: The Enduring and Paradoxical Effects of Frightening Entertainment315
19Personality329
20Emotion and Cognition in Entertainment343
IIIApplication of Psychological Theories and Models to Entertainment Theory
21Sensation Seeking in Entertainment367
22(Subjective) Well-Being389
23Catharsis as a Moral Form of Entertainment405
24An Evolutionary Perspective on Entertainment423
Author Index435
Subject Index453

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