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Media Effects Research: A Basic Overview 5th Edition

Glenn G. Sparks

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Overview

Packed with current examples and the latest research, MEDIA EFFECTS RESEARCH: A BASIC OVERVIEW, 5TH EDITION introduces the study of mass media's effects on society. Using a personal narrative style, the author presents media theories in the context of research findings. Students learn how the effects of mass media are measured and what the latest research has concluded. New coverage addresses electronic media's effects on sleep displacement, TV viewing and obesity, media violence, emotions in cooperative video game play, first- vs. second-order cultivation, agenda-setting theory research, imitative suicides, Internet use statistics, screen time and face-to-face interaction, and multitasking.

Glenn G. Sparks, Purdue University

Glenn Sparks is a professor and noted researcher of Mass Communication in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University where he served for twelve years as the associate head. He previously taught in the Department of Communication at Cleveland State University. His area of expertise is the cognitive and emotional effects of the media. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Sparks has published research on a number of different media effects, including the effects of frightening media, fear of criminal victimization, media violence, paranormal depictions and the CSI effect. His future research will most likely involve new technology and interpersonal relationships-a topic he considers immensely important. He collaborated with Dr. Will Miller on this theme in their book REFRIGERATOR RIGHTS: OUR CRUCIAL NEED FOR CLOSE CONNECTION, which was nominated as a finalist for a 2003 “Books for a Better Life” Award given by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In addition, he is a coauthor with Em Griffin and Andrew Ledbetter on the popular A FIRST LOOK AT COMMUNICATION THEORY. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • The author's engaging first-person narrative writing style makes it easy for students to understand chapter concepts and connect them to their own lives.
  • Chapters integrate contemporary examples and the latest innovative research on issues affecting society today, including violence, sexual content, racial and gender stereotypes, the rise of social media, and much more.
  • Study Boxes in every chapter highlight a key research finding or expand on other relevant information about methods, theory, or effects data, giving students an in-depth look at real-world media effects information.
  • A Chapter Summary recaps each chapter's main ideas so students can easily review key concepts.

Media Effects Research: A Basic Overview

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface.
1. A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF MEDIA EFFECTS.
Ways of Knowing. Goals of Science. How are the Goals of Science Achieved? Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
2. SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN MEDIA EFFECTS RESEARCH.
Analyzing Media Content. The Sample Survey. The Search for Causal Relationships.
The Experimental Method. Controversy about Research Methods. Other Methodological Approaches. Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
3. A BRIEF HISTORY OF MEDIA EFFECTS RESEARCH.
Setting the Stage. 1929–1932-The Payne Fund Studies. The Invasion from Mars. Early Theory of Media Effects: The Magic Bullet Model. The People''s Choice Study: A New View of Media Effects. The Decatur Study: The Two-Step Flow of Communication. The Evils of Comic Books. The Dawn of Television. Many Types of Media Effects. Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
4. TIME SPENT WITH MASS MEDIA: REASONS AND CONSEQUENCES.
The Uses and Gratifications Perspective. The Problem with Self-Reports. The Raw Numbers: Media Minutes Add Up. Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
5. EFFECTS OF MEDIA VIOLENCE.
The Presence of Violent Content. The Causal Link Between Viewing Violence and Behaving Aggressively. Desensitization to Violence. What about Video Games? Are They Training Kids to Kill? How Do Violent Video Games Cause Aggression? Why Do People Like Media Violence? Where Does Research on Media Violence Go Now? Why Do So Many People Doubt the Effects of Media Violence? Concluding Comments. Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
6. SEXUAL CONTENT IN THE MEDIA.
Human Sexuality Brings Out Passionate Opinion. Sorting Out Definitions and Terms. The Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. Research Following the Commission Report. The Meese Commission Report on Pornography. Sex on Prime-Time TV. Sex and the Internet. Control Over Media Content. Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
7. MEDIA THAT STIR EMOTIONS.
Fright Reactions to Media are Prevalent. Developmental Theory: What Scares One Child May Not Scare Another. Experimenting with the Incredible Hulk. Why is the Paranormal So Scary? Why Do Some Media Fears Linger for So Long? A Theory of Differential Brain Processing. Theory about Emotional Coping: What''s a Parent to Do? Is It Fun to Be Scared? Beyond Fear: Other Emotional Reactions to Media. Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
8. PERSUASIVE EFFECTS OF THE MEDIA.
What Is Persuasion? How Media Messages Persuade Without Even Trying. Intentional Persuasion in the Media. Key Principles of Media Persuasion. Subliminal Persuasion: The Magic Key? Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
9. THE EFFECTS OF NEWS AND POLITICAL CONTENT.
Thinking about the News. The Role of Emotion. Another View of News: Do Certain News Reports Cause More People to Die? Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
10. THE EFFECTS OF MEDIA STEREOTYPES.
Stereotypical Representations in the Media. Racial Stereotypes. The Imbalance in Media Research on Stereotypes. An Intriguing and Under-Studied Media Depiction: Faces. Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
11. THE IMPACT OF NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES.
The Revolution in New Media Technology. Computers and the Internet: Connection or Alienation? Summary. Questions to Focus Your Attention. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes.
12. MEET MARSHALL MCLUHAN: A LESS SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO MEDIA IMPACT.
Is There any Value to Considering Marshall McLuhan? Meet Marshall McLuhan. The Eras of Communication History. The Medium is the Message. The Effects of Electronic Media on Human Beings. Why Does McLuhan''s “Theory” Fail as a Scientific Approach? McLuhan''s Influence. Final Reflections. Summary. Key Terms and Concepts. Notes. Important Sources on Marshall McLuhan.
Glossary: Theories and Theoretical Concepts Discussed in the Text (By Chapter).
Name Index.
Subject Index.