The impact of mass media on individuals and society is to a great extent based on human emotions. Emotions, in turn, are essential in understanding how media messages are processed as well as media's impact on individual and social behavior and public social life.
Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to the study of emotions within a mass media context, The Routledge Handbook of Emotions and Mass Media addresses areas such as evolutionary psychology, media entertainment, sociology, cultural studies, media psychology, political communication, persuasion, and new technology. Leading experts from across the globe explore cutting-edge research on issues including the evolutionary functions of mediated emotions, emotions and media entertainment, measurements of emotions within the context of mass media, media violence, fear-evoking media, politics and public emotions, features, forms and functions of emotions beyond the message, and provide the reader with a glimpse into future generations of media technology.
This compelling and authoritative Handbook is an essential reference tool for scholars and students of media, communication studies, media psychology, emotions, cultural studies, sociology, and other related disciplines.
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About the Author
Katrin Döveling is Professor and Chair of Communication and Media Studies at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies, Technical University Dresden. She also holds an Assistant Professorship at the Free University of Berlin. Her research interests include media use and reception, media psychology and media sociology, and emotions engendered by diverse forms of mass media. Recently, she published on interpersonal communication and emotions, social appraisal, emotions in politics, and popular media formats.
Christian von Scheve is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Cluster of Excellence 'Languages of Emotion' and the Institute of Sociology, Free University of Berlin. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Vienna and Fellow of the Research Group ‘Emotions as Bio-Cultural Processes’ at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University.
Elly A. Konijn is Senior Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Science, VU University Amsterdam. Recent publications include Mediated Interpersonal Communication (Routledge, 2008), alongside articles in Media Psychology, Pediatrics, Developmental Psychology, and the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. She is (vice)chair of the Information System division of the International Communication Association, and editor of the journal Media Psychology.
Table of Contents
List of contributors viii
1 Emotions and mass media: an interdisciplinary approach Katrin Döveling Christian Von Scheve Elly A. Konijn 1
Part I Emotions and mass media: from motives and consequences to meanings and measurements 13
2 The descent of emotions in media: Darwinian perspectives Frank Schwab Clemens Schwender 15
3 From noise to nucleus: emotion as key construct in processing media messages Elly A. Konijn Jelte M. Ten Holt 37
4 Affective and emotional consequences of the mass media Christopher P. Barlett Douglas A. Gentile 60
5 The measurement of positive and negative affect in media research Annie Lang David R. Ewoldsen 79
Part II The entertaining experiences of emotions through mass media 99
6 Mechanisms of emotional reactivity to media entertainments Dolf Zillmann 101
7 Media-based emotional coping: examining the emotional benefits and pitfalls of media consumption Robin L. Nabi Jiyeon So Abby Prestin 116
8 Tragic and poignant entertainment: the gratifications of meaningfulness as emotional response Mary Beth Oliver Julia K. Woolley 134
9 Fear reactions and the mass media Joanne Cantor 148
10 Media enjoyment as a function of affective dispositions toward and moral judgment of characters Arthur A. Raney 166
Part III Mass media, politics, persuasion, and public emotions 179
11 Emotion, media, and the global village Ross Buck Stacie Renfro Powers 181
12 Nonverbal communication, emotion, and political evaluation Erik P. Bucy 195
13 Disaster news and public emotions Mervi Pantti 221
14 Emotion in persuasion and risk communication Monique M. Turner 237
15 Creating fear: transforming terrorist attacks into control and consumption David L. Altheide 259
Part IV Emotions beyond the message: features, forms, and functions 273
16 The influence of form and presentation attributes of media on emotion Benjamin H. Detenber Annie Lang 275
17 Effects of presentation and editing on emotional responses of viewers: the example of TV news Dagmar C. Unz 294
18 Visual emotions - emotional visuals: emotions, pathos formulae, and their relevance for communication research Marion G. Müller Arvid Kappas 310
19 Reactive and reflective responses to mass media Gerald C. Cupchik 332
Part V Emotions and next generation media 347
20 Using automated facial expression analysis for emotion and behavior prediction Sun Joo Ahn Jeremy Bailenson Jesse Fox Maria Jabon 349
21 Emotionally resonant media: advances in sensing, understanding, and influencing human emotion through interactive media Jonathan Gratch 370
22 Virtual interface agents that adapt to user emotion and interest Helmut Prendinger Mitsuru Ishizuka 388