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Appreciation as Audience Response: Exploring Entertainment Gratifications beyond Hedonism.
This article elaborates upon the notion of media enjoyment in the context of film viewing by proposing a complementary type of gratification that we conceptualize as appreciation. Three studies wereExpand
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Entertainment as Pleasurable and Meaningful: Identifying Hedonic and Eudaimonic Motivations for Entertainment Consumption
The purpose of this research is to broaden the conceptualization of entertainment selection to identify not only pleasure-seeking (hedonic concerns) as a motivator, but to also recognize thatExpand
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Exploring the Paradox of the Enjoyment of Sad Films
The concept of met emotions (appraisals of emotional reactions) was used in three studies designed to explore the enjoyment of sad films and to develop a scale that would reflect such gratifications.Expand
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  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • 1 July 2005
When we think about landscape, we tend to think of natural scenery, empty of people; of a view, spread in front of our eyes; or of a backdrop, a stage for people’s movements and activities. TheExpand
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Gender differences in sexuality: a meta-analysis.
This meta-analysis surveyed 177 usable sources that reported data on gender differences on 21 different measures of sexual attitudes and behaviors. The largest gender difference was in incidence ofExpand
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Tender Affective States as Predictors of Entertainment Preference
Four studies were conducted to explore how tender affective states (e.g., warmth, sympathy, understanding) predict attraction to entertainment that features poignant, dramatic, or tragic portrayals.Expand
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African American men as “criminal and dangerous”: Implications of media portrayals of crime on the “criminalization” of African American men
Tragic police shootings of innocent individuals assumed to be dangerous or criminal happen at an alarming rate, with several notable instances occurring in the last several years (Dvorak, 2001;Expand
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The Sage handbook of media processes and effects
Introduction / Robin L. Nabi and Mary Beth Oliver -- Conceptual and methodological issues. A retrospective and prospective look at media effects / Jennings Bryant and Dolf Zillmann -- ConceptualizingExpand
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Elevation in Response to Entertainment Portrayals of Moral Virtue
Media psychologists have long puzzled over how individuals can experience enjoyment from entertainment such as tragedies that often elicit profound feelings of sadness. The present research examinesExpand
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Portrayals of crime, race, and aggression in “reality‐based” police shows: A content analysis
A content analysis of “reality‐based” police shows (e.g., Cops.) was conducted to explore portrayals of crime, race, and aggression. Violent crime was overrepresented in the programs as was theExpand
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