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Emotional responses to filmed violence and the eye blink startle response

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2001, 00:00 authored by Eric KoukounasEric Koukounas, M McCabe
The study assessed gender differences in emotional responses to violent film. Both subjective emotional response and eye blink startle magnitude were assessed while 20 men and 20 women viewed a series of five violent film segments and five nature scenes. Participants exhibited higher levels of curiosity, anxiety, disgust, and anger, and lower levels of positive emotion and boredom in response to the violent film segments in comparison with the nature material. Startle response was magnified during the violent film segments, indicating an aversive response. Evidence that men and women responded to the violence differently was demonstrated by men' experiencing greater positive feelings, entertainment, and curiosity in relation to the violent film, whereas women reported more disgust, boredom, anger, and experienced greater startle in relation to the violent scenes portrayed in the film. Future directions for investigating filmed violence are outlined.

History

Journal

Journal of interpersonal violence

Volume

16

Issue

5

Pagination

476 - 488

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

[Beverly Hills, CA]

ISSN

0886-2605

eISSN

1552-6518

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2001, Sage Publications