ERIC Number: ED165704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Psychophysiological Reactions of Film Viewers While Viewing Selected Cinemagraphic Elements.
Smeltzer, Dennis K.
This study focused on the psychophysiological reactions of viewers seeing such selected cinemagraphic elements as varying camera distances, tracking shots, panning shots, and zooming shots. Subjects (N=29), randomly selected from introductory speech courses, viewed five films that varied in the presence or absence of the selected filmic elements. While the subject viewed the films, physiological measurements (GSR and respiratory rate) were taken. The subject then completed a semantic differential that measured the subject's perception of production and story-line concepts. A second study, composed of students in graduate level audiovisual courses (N=29), was conducted to replicate the results of the first study. The results of both studies indicated that there were significantly greater psychological responses with production concepts than with story-line concepts. The control film, which was composed of static long shots, was the locus of this variance, and also elicited significantly more physiological responses than the other filmic elements. The results of this study indicate that the absence or presence of certain filmic elements can greatly influence the psychophysiological responses to a film and that changes in the production of a film will have little effect on the comprehension of that film's story. (Author/VT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Filmic Elements; Sequences (Mathematics)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Kansas City, Missouri, April 1978)