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Title: Emotional responses to immersive media
Author: Dillon, Catherine
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths, University of London
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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The five experiments presented in this thesis aimed to investigate the relationship between subjective presence (the sense of 'being there' in a mediated environment) and subjective and physiological emotional responses. The investigation served as an initial step in the evaluation of emotion-based corroborative measures of presence. Two of the determinants of presence (Media Form and Media Content) were experimentally manipulated in order to create varying levels of presence and different types of subjective and physiological emotional responses. Varying levels of presence were created by manipulating Media Form characteristics in the context of a video display - specifically, the absence and presence of stereoscopic cues (Experiments I and 2) and small versus large eye-to-screen visual angles (Experiments 3 and 5). Media Content (video clips) with varying types of emotional impact was presented to participants via the video displays (Experiments I, 2, 3 and 5). The research showed that enhancements in Media Form increased both subjective presence and subjective arousal across all Content types. However, there was little evidence to show that Media Form manipulations affected physiological arousal, indicating limited utility for physiological measures of presence in this context. Media Content characteristics were investigated in more depth in Experiments 4 and 5. Differences in SUbjective presence between Media Contents shown to elicit different types of subjective emotion were investigated and correlations between subjective presence and subjective emotion were examined. The research indicated that the quality and intensity of emotional responses elicited by Media Content are potentially important determinants of subjective presence. The thesis concludes by suggesting that in further investigations of presence and emotion, which aim to identify corroborative measures of presence, it may be useful to analyse the relationship between different dimensions of presence (physical Space, Naturalness and Engagement) and different components of emotional responses (Subjective, Cognitive, Behavioural and Physiological).
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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