#1 ESSAY - memento (comm200, spr06)

#1 ESSAY - memento (comm200, spr06) - Extra Credit: Memento...

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Extra Credit: Memento Comm-200 The study I participated in was basically a study of the elaboration likelihood theory. It researched the mental capacity of teenagers-- how deeply they do think, how much they enjoy it, and how much they’re willing to think about a complicated idea. He was trying to correlate how much a teenager has to think about a subject and how much they’ll understand and enjoy the complex subject, which in this case was the thriller movie Memento . Before we participated, he made sure no one watched the movie before and didn’t let us know what we’d be watching, thereby eliminating extraneous variables. The plot involves main character Lenny who has severe short-term memory loss and can’t remember anything unless he literally makes a note of it. Even with this mental condition he obsessively tries to discover his wife’s killer and avenge her brutal murder. The movie demanded my full attention; parts of it were confusing because we learned things as Lenny did. And because we learned and saw through his confused mental state, as a viewer I felt like I was wavering between my sense and sanity and Lenny’s relative insanity. The random facts I learned weren’t necessarily immediately understandable. As the movie unfolded, I really had to think to piece together the random information I’d learned from before-- like a puzzle. After the movie, we filled out a questionnaire.
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This note was uploaded on 09/03/2008 for the course COMM 200 taught by Professor Sereno during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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