In times of a worldwide pandemic, the election of a new US president, "MeToo," and "Fridays for Future," to name but a few examples, one thing becomes palpable: the emotional impact of media on individuals and society cannot be underestimated. The relations between media, people, and society are to a great extent based on human emotions. Emotions are essential in understanding how media messages are processed and how media affect individual and social behavior as well as public social life.
Adopting a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to the study of emotions in the context of media, the second, entirely revised and updated, edition of Routledge International Handbook of Emotions and Media comprises areas such as evolutionary psychology, media psychology, media sociology, cultural studies, media entertainment, and political and digital communication. Leading experts from across the globe explore cutting-edge research on the role of emotion in selecting and processing media contents, the emotional consequences of media use, politics and public emotion, emotions in political communication and persuasion, as well as emotions in digital, interactive, and virtual encounters.
This compelling and authoritative Handbook is an essential reference tool for scholars and students of media, communication science, media psychology, emotion, cognitive and social psychology, cultural studies, media sociology, and related fields.
Table of Contents
Part I. Emotions and Media: From Motives to Meanings and Measurements
1. Emotions and the Media: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Katrin Döveling and Elly A. Konijn
2. The Descent of Emotions in Media: Darwinian Perspectives
Frank Schwab and Clemens Schwender
3. Emotions are Key in Processing Media Messages: From Noise to Nucleus
Elly A. Konijn, Jelte M. ten Holt, and Julia de Jonge
4. The Measurement of Positive and Negative Affect in Media Research
Xia Zheng, Annie Lang, and David R. Ewoldsen
Part II. Emotions in the Selection and Processing of Media Content
5. The Role of Affect and Mood Management in Selective Exposure to Media Messages
Melissa J. Robinson and Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick
6. Media-based Emotional Coping: Examining the Emotional Benefits and Pitfalls of Media Consumption
Robin L. Nabi, Jiyeon So, Abby Prestin, and Debora Perez Torres
7. Tragic and Poignant Entertainment: The Gratifications of Meaningfulness
Mary Beth Oliver
8. The Role of Morality in Emotional Responses to Entertainment
Arthur A. Raney and Joshua A. Baldwin
Part III. Emotional Consequences of Media Use
9. The Affective Consequences of Media Use
Patrick K. Bender and Christopher P. Barlett
10. The Influence of Form and Presentation Attributes of Traditional Media on Emotion
Benjamin H. Detenber, Jingjing Han, and Annie Lang
11. Fun Boxes to Empathy Machines: The Emotions of Digital Games
Nicholas D. Bowman
12. Disaster News and Public Emotions
Part IV. Emotion and Media in Politics and Persuasion
13. Emotion, Media, and the Global Village
Stephen Stifano, Ross Buck, and Stacie Renfro Powers
14. Creating Fear: Transforming Terrorist Attacks into Control and Consumption
David L. Altheide
15. The Role of Emotion in Persuasion
Monique Mitchell Turner and Ruth Jin-Hee Heo
16. Embodied Politics and Emotional Expression in the Populist Era: Research Advances Amid a Disruptive Decade
Erik P. Bucy
17. Media, Politics, and Affect
Mariken A.C.G. van der Velden and Isabella Rebasso
Part V. Emotions and Interactive Media
18. Emotionally Resonant Media: Advances in Sensing, Understanding, and Influencing Human Emotion Through Interactive Media
Jonathan Gratch and Gale M. Lucas
19. Nonverbal Synchrony, Media, and Emotion
Hanseul Jun and Jeremy Bailenson
20. Emotion and Digital Media: Emotion Regulation in Interactive, On-Demand, and Networked Media
Nicholas D. Bowman, Elizabeth Cohen, and Katrin Döveling
Katrin Döveling is Full Professor in Media and Communication at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt.
Elly A. Konijn is Full Professor in Media Psychology at the Department of Communication Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam.
"This Handbook, edited and written by leading voices in the field, is an indispensable volume for students and scholars who study the psychology of media and technology. Understanding the foundational theories and latest research on media and emotion is essential not only to inform scholarship, but to provide insight to the issues and opportunities media affords every citizen living in this consequential time."
Karen Dill-Shackleford, Editor, Psychology of Popular Media and faculty at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, USA
"Emotions and media are genuinely ‘hot.’ This new edition of the Handbook is comprehensive and spans many subfields. The list of contributors and editors is outstanding. This will be a key reference for the next decade."
Claes de Vreese, University Professor of AI and Democracy, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands