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ERIC Number: ED130281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 80
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The Psychophysiological Reactions of Male and Female Subjects with Varying Film Viewing Experience While Viewing Selected Cinemagraphic Elements.
Smeltzer, Dennis Keith
This study investigated the psychophysiological reactions of male and female subjects to cinematic elements: varying camera distances, panning shots, tracking shots, and zooming shots. Fourteen males and 15 females, members of an introductory speech course at Northern Illinois University, viewed five films that varied only in the presence or absence of these production techniques. According to measurements of galvanic skin response, respiratory rate, and performance on a semantic differential test, filmic elements did influence viewers' psychophysiological reactions. Results suggest that greater psychophysiological reactions occur in the absence of cinematic elements; that viewers respond to production changes in a film, but that these production techniques do not affect perception of a film's story; that gender and film-viewing experience has little effect on a viewer's psychophysiological reactions; and that psychological and physiological responses to these filmic elements tend not to be significantly correlated. (Author/KS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Northern Illinois University