Inspirational Reality TV: The Prosocial Effects of Lifestyle Transforming Reality Programs on Elevation and Altruism

@article{TsayVogel2016InspirationalRT,
  title={Inspirational Reality TV: The Prosocial Effects of Lifestyle Transforming Reality Programs on Elevation and Altruism},
  author={Mina Tsay-Vogel and K. Maja Krakowiak},
  journal={Journal of Broadcasting \& Electronic Media},
  year={2016},
  volume={60},
  pages={567 - 586}
}
In light of recent theories of meaningful media that suggest a host of psychological benefits, the present study uniquely extends the boundaries of the effects of reality TV from simply offering pleasure, diversion, and amusement to its viewers to also providing deep insight and meaning. In particular, a between-subjects experiment (N = 143) examined differences in affective, cognitive, and motivational responses to lifestyle transforming versus game based reality programs. Findings indicate… 
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