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Psychology of Entertainment

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the psychology of entertainment.


Six Superlative Sources

· Bosshart, L., and Macconi, I. (1998). Defining "Entertainment." Communication Research Trends, 18(3), 3-6.

· Zillmann, D., and Bryant, J. (1994). Entertainment as media effect. In: J. Bryant and D. Zillmann (eds.), Media Effects: Advances in Theory and Research. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

· Zillmann, D., and Vorderer, P. (eds.). (2000). Media Entertainment: The Psychology of Its Appeal. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

· Vorderer, P. (2000). It's all entertainment -- sure. But what exactly is entertainment? Communication research, media psychology, and the explanation of entertainment experiences. Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Literature, Media and the Arts, 29, 247-261.

· Zillmann, D. (1996). The psychology of suspense in dramatic exposition. In P. Vorderer, H.J. Wulff, and M. Friedrichsen (eds.), Suspense: Conceptualizations, Theoretical Analyses, and Empirical Explorations. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

· Mares, M.-L., and Cantor, J. (1992). Elderly viewers' responses to televised portrayals of old age: Empathy and mood-management versus social comparison. Communication Research, 19(4), 459-478.

Other Excellent Sources

· Oliver, M.B. (1993). Exploring the paradox of the enjoyment of sad films. Human Communication Research, 19(3), 315-342.

· Vorderer, P. (1996). Rezeptionsmotivation. Warum nutzen Rezipienten mediale Unterhaltungsabgebote? Publizistik, 41(3), 310-326.

· Klimmt, C. (2001). Computer-Spiel: Interaktive Unterhaltungsangebote als Synthese aus Medium und Spielzeug. Zeitschrift fuer Medienpsychologie, 12(1), 22-32.

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