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ERIC Number: EJ1125583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2167-8715
Media Detectives: Bridging the Relationship among Empathy, Laugh Tracks, and Gender in Childhood
Kanthan, Sruti; Graham, James A.; Azarchi, Lynne
Journal of Media Literacy Education, v8 n2 p35-53 2016
Empathy in college-age students is decreasing at unprecedented rates. Understanding empathy in children can act as primary prevention in tackling the problem. This study considers laugh tracks' capacity to bias reality, foster empathy, and investigate differences across time and gender in 181 fifth grade students. Findings from this quasi-experimental study suggests that students' perceptions of the relationship between empathy and canned laughter changed significantly from pretest to posttest. Statistically significant differences were present for gender, as well. Theoretical and practical implications of using laugh tracks to increase empathy in middle and late childhood are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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