Psychology of Entertainment
Jennings Bryant, Peter Vorderer
Routledge, Oct 31, 2013 - Games & Activities - 476 pages
As entertainment becomes a trillion-dollar-a-year industry worldwide, as our modern era increasingly lives up to its label of the "entertainment age," and as economists begin to recognize that entertainment has become the driving force of the new world economy, it is safe to say that scholars are beginning to take entertainment seriously. The scholarly spin on entertainment has been manifested in traditional ways, as well as innovative ones. Representing the current state of theory and research, Psychology of Entertainment promises to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on entertainment. It serves to define the new area of study and provides a theoretical spin for future work in the area.
Divided into three basic parts, this book:
*addresses the fundamental mechanisms and processes involved in orienting to and selecting entertainment fare, as well as receiving and processing it;
*explores the mechanisms and processes by which we are entertained by the media messages we select and receive; and
*provides an opportunity for the application of well-established as well as emerging psychological and psychobiological theories to be applied to the study of entertainment in ways that seldom have been utilized previously.
Psychology of Entertainment will appeal to scholars, researchers, and graduate students in media studies and mass communication, psychology, marketing, and other areas contributing to the entertainment studies area.
Other editions - View all
activities aggression Anderson arousal attention attitudes attribution audience Bandura behavior brain Bryant Cantor catharsis characters cognitive cognitive psychology Communication Research concept correlated Developmental Psychology disposition theory drama elaboration likelihood model emotional empathy enjoyment entertainment experience entertainment media eudaimonic example excitatory fantasy fear feelings fictional film function gender hedonic Hillsdale human hypothesis identification imagination influence information processing intensity intrinsic motivation involvement Journal of Personality justice Knobloch Lawrence Erlbaum Associates long-term memory Mahwah mass media media content media effects media entertainment memory mental mood management mood management theory moral motivation movie narrative negative one’s outcomes Panksepp parasocial interaction perception perspective play pleasure positive preferences Press programs PSI processes psychoticism Raney responses result role Rubin schema selective exposure sensation seeking sexual situation soap opera social identity Social Psychology specific stimuli studies television viewing trait viewers violence Vorderer watching York Zillmann