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PSYC 8761 Psychological Impact of Film and Television: Welcome & Course Readings

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Please find your required library readings below. If you have problems with the links below, please contact the Library. If you have APA questions about these materials, please contact the Writing Center.

PSYC 8761 Required Course Readings


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Altheide, D. L., & Grimes, J. N. (2005). War programming: The propaganda project and the Iraq war. Sociological Quarterly, 46(4), 617–643.

Austin, B. A. (1986). Motivations for movie attendance. Communication Quarterly, 34(2), 115–126.

Basil, M. D. (1996). Identification as a mediator of celebrity effects. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 40(4), 478–496.

Brown, A. (2000, January). Boosting black films. Black Enterprise, 30(6), 118.

Brown, J. D. (2002). Mass media influences on sexuality. Journal of Sex Research, 39(1), 42–45.

Collow, S. (2008, October 31). Film & music: Film: Sexual healing: From the Boys in the Band to Brokeback Mountain, gay roles in cinema have come a long way from their tortured beginnings. The Guardian [London], p. 15.

Fischoff, S. (1995, September/October). Confessions of a TV talk show shrink. Psychology Today, 28(5), 38–46.

Forrester, M. A. (2000). Psychology of the image. New York: Routledge.

Golan, G. J., Kiousis, S. K., & McDaniel, M. L. (2007). Second-level agenda setting and political advertising. Journalism Studies, 8(3), 432–443.

Hayes, J. (2007, January 19). Tolerance for torture: Films and TV up the ante on graphic torture scenes and audiences keep coming back for more. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p. C.1.

Holbrook, R. A., & Hill, T. G. (2005). Agenda-setting and priming in prime time television: Crime dramas as political cues. Political Communication, 22(3), 277–295.

Klein, R. D., & Naccarato, S. (2003). Broadcast news portrayal of minorities: Accuracy in reporting. The American Behavioral Scientist, 46(12), 1611–1616.

Kumar, D. (2004). War propaganda and the (ab)uses of women: Media constructions of the Jessica Lynch story. Feminist Media Studies, 4(3), 297–313.

Lauzen, M. M., & Dozier, D. M. (2005). Maintaining the double standard: Portrayals of age and gender in popular films. Sex Roles, 52(7/8), 437–446.

McCutcheon, L. E., Ashe, D. D., Houran, J., & Maltby, J. (2003). A cognitive profile of individuals who tend to worship celebrities. Journal of Psychology, 137(4), 309–322.

McGuire, M. (1999, January 18). Made for television: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a master of using the evolving medium in the 1960s. Times Union [Albany, NY], p. C.1.

Newell, J., Salmon, C. T., & Chang, S. (2006). The hidden history of product placement. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 50(4), 575–594.

Parker, A. (2008, October 26). At pundit school, learning to smile and interrupt. New York Times [Late Edition (East Coast)], p. ST.1.

Pirkis, J., Blood, R. W., Francis, C., & McCallum, K. (2006). On-screen portrayals of mental illness: Extent, nature, and impacts. Journal of Health Communication, 11(5), 523–541.

Rada, J. A., & Wulfemeyer, K. T. (2005). Color coded: Racial descriptors in television coverage of intercollegiate sports. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 49(1), 65–85.

Rostron, A. (2002). "No War, No Hate, No Propaganda": Promoting films about European war and fascism during the period of American isolationism. Journal of Popular Film & Television, 30(2), 85–97.

Scheufele, D. A., & Tewksbury, D. (2007). Framing, agenda setting, and priming: The evolution of three media effects models. Journal of Communication, 57(1), 9–20.

Smithline, L. (2005). Telling stories, building movements: Can a film change Wal-Mart? Social Policy, 36(1), 6–8.

Stone, J. (2007, March 22). Popcorn & politics: Say hello to a new breed of agenda-setting filmmakers. Leader Post [Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada], p. B.7.

Other Readings

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