The Psychology of Moviegoing

Choosing, Viewing and Being Influenced by Films

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About the Book

How do we choose what movies to go see? How do we process the sounds and images of those films? How do they influence our behaviors, attitudes and beliefs after we leave the theater? Using psychology theory, this book answers these questions while considering the effects of relatively permanent personality variables, our changeable moods and the people we are with in such scenarios. It also points out areas of the study in which further work is necessary and where new concepts, such as awe and aesthetic pleasure, may further understanding.

About the Author(s)

Ashton D. Trice is a professor of psychology at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Hunter W. Greer is currently a resident in counseling, pursuing his LPC, in Richmond Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Ashton D. Trice and Hunter W. Greer
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 13 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7724-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3610-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Part I: Choosing a Movie 3
1.  Personality and Movie Choice 5
2.  Emotion and Mood 30
3.  The Social Context of Choosing and Viewing Movies 46
Part II: Experiencing the Movie 67
4.  Sensation and Perception 69
5.  Learning from the Screen 96
6.  Cognitive Psychology and Understanding Movies 112
Part III: After the Movie 131
7. Selling Watches, Changing Hearts and Minds 133
8.  Depictions of the Mentally Ill, Therapists and Therapy 162
Epilogue 188
References 195
Index 205