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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Ulf Dalquist <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 28 Jul 1996 08:35:06 +0200
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J. Senft" <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>Point well taken.  Though I don't know that I would so readily dismiss all
>laboratory research as ungeneralizable to real-life.  All of behavioral
>psychology (learning theory) is based on this type of research, and has be=
>very successful in many ways that go out of the scope of the discussion of
>film, so I too will refrain from going deeper into it.  I agree with you to
>a large extent, but it is just too strong to say that behavior in lab
>situations "doesn't have much to do with ..."
That depends on the behaviour and the research design. In the Bandura case,=
in many lab studies on media effects, I find it very hard to generalize lab=
behaviour to real-life situations. After all, there is a long step from hit=
an inflatable Bobo-doll after getting the impression that it is OK to do so=
, to=20
actually hurting another human being.
>However, the fear of disinhibition [to violent imagery] stems from the idea
>that it will lead to imitated violence.
I wouldn't say that. Disinhibion theorists can just as well claim that viol=
behavior is caused by biological/genetic factors or by other factors than t=
media and that media violence makes us more prone to aggressive acts by=20
supressing inhibitions towards such behaviour, not by imitating it.
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