The apparent reality of movies and emotional arousal: A study using physiological and self-report measures

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dc.contributor.author Rooney, Brendan
dc.contributor.author Benson, Ciarán
dc.contributor.author Hennessy, Eilis
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-07T17:58:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-07T17:58:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V. en
dc.date.issued 2012-09
dc.identifier.citation Poetics en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3896
dc.description.abstract Historical developments of cinema technology have contributed to the apparent reality of movie-goers' experience. The current study uses both self-report and physiological measures (heart-rate, skin conductance, skin temperature) as indices of 29 participants' negative emotional arousal, so as to investigate the effect of increasing a movie's perceptual realism (i.e., stereoscopic depth) on emotional experience. Data were recorded while half of the participants viewed emotional movie scenes in 3D and half viewed them in 2D. The groups did not differ significantly in terms of their self-reported feelings of negative emotional arousal, tonic skin conductance level or skin temperature. However, the 3D group reported their experience as significantly more perceptually realistic (natural), and they also demonstrated a significantly higher heart-rate change-score than their counterparts in the 2D condition. Importantly, the current study provides evidence that these results are not due to group differences in emotional sensitivity, engagement, or the novelty of the 3D effect. Group differences in heart-rate, but not skin conductance level, suggest that increasing stereoscopic depth reduces the emotional regulation processes. Although caution is expressed about assumptions of causation, consideration is given to the idea that increased physiological arousal contributes to perceived apparent reality and vice versa. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.subject Apparent reality en
dc.subject Emotional arousal en
dc.subject Cinema en
dc.subject.lcsh Motion pictures--Psychological aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Realism in motion pictures en
dc.subject.lcsh Audiences--Effect of technological innovations on en
dc.subject.lcsh 3-D films en
dc.title The apparent reality of movies and emotional arousal: A study using physiological and self-report measures en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.authorcontactother eilis.hennessy@ucd.ie
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 40 en
dc.identifier.issue 5 en
dc.identifier.startpage 405 en
dc.identifier.endpage 422 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.poetic.2012.07.004
dc.neeo.contributor Rooney|Brendan|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Benson|Ciarán|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Hennessy|Eilis|aut|
dc.description.admin DG - 30/10/2012 en
dc.internal.rmsid 306919725
dc.date.updated 2012-10-24T09:19:31Z


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