Media and Fright Experiences

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Media and Fright experiences Frightening Stories As entertainment Throughout history, people have enjoyed hearing frightening stories. Frightening stories have also been used to help face personal fears. Dracula and Frankenstein War of the Worlds Friday the 13 th Halloween Jaws Explanations for the Appeal of Fright Catharsis —When viewers witness graphic violence on the screen or read about it in books, they purge or rid themselves of their own violent tendencies or inclinations. The transformations that monsters undergo provide cathartic relief for teens who are experiencing physical changes as they mature sexually. (Evans, 1984) People are able to enjoy taboo experiences in a vicarious manner. (Wood, 1984) Rosenbaum suggested that people enjoy horror because it encourages a belief in a superior spiritual being capable of destroying evil forces. (1979) Measuring Fright Self-reporting measures —Subjects are shown frightening or disturbing content, then asked to select words or phrases that best describe their reactions to the content. Measures of physiological responses —Fright reactions are measured through physiological responses such as a person’s heart rate.
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2010 for the course CMN 141 taught by Professor Hwang during the Fall '10 term at UC Davis.

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