Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Douglas Gentile

Second Advisor

Susan Cross

Third Advisor

Lulu Rodriguez

Abstract

The study investigated if attention to and processing of a movie could serve as input variables in the General Aggression Model. Specially, the type of scenes viewers attended to and their level of processing were examined. Participants completed personality measures and were instructed to either pay attention or just relax during a movie. They then completed a lexical decision task and reported the scene they found to be most striking. Results showed that aggressive cognitions did vary based on scene reported; participants who selected an aggressive scene were more primed for movie-related, non-aggressive concepts than aggression-related concepts. Exploratory analysis suggested that viewers may have an inclination with how to watch a movie, and that this could interact with both attention instructions and scene selected.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16592

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Julia A. Maier

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453898

OCLC Number

256489783

ISBN

9780549595519

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

87 pages

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