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Author Potter, Robert F

Title Psychophysiological Measurement and Meaning : Cognitive and Emotional Processing of Media
Published Hoboken : Taylor & Francis, 2011


Description 1 online resource (306 pages)
Series Routledge Communication Series
Routledge communication series.
Contents Front Cover; Psychophysiological Measurement and Meaning; Copyright Page; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Psychophysiology in the context of media processes and effects research; A brief history of media effects research; Early research-the impact of film content; Behaviorism's strong influence; Early behaviorist communication research; Opening the black box-the information processing approach; The second debut of physiology in media research; The third time's a charm: psychophysiological approaches to media
2. Psychophysiology: theoretical assumptions anda history of the fieldBasic assumptions of psychophysiology; 1. The brain is embodied; 2. The work of the brain and the body happens over time; 3. The subtractive method applies to analyzing physiological systems; 4. The body's primary job is to keep itself alive; 5. Cognitive processes can be inferred from bodily reactions; 6. Psychophysiological measures are monstrosities; Psychophysiology: a field with a long legacy; Benefits and drawbacks of psychophysiology; 3. Key terms and concepts in psychophysiology
Tracing the basics of the signal chain from body to computerElectrodes and leads; Photoplethysmographs; Electrode cables and bioamplifiers; Filtering; AD/DA boards; Psychophysiological signal vocabulary; Tonic and phasic responses; Change scores; Habituation and sensitization; Summary; 4. Psychophysiological measures of cognitiveprocessing of media; Conceptualizing cognitive processing of mediated content; The limited capacity model of motivated, mediated, message processing; Cardiac activity: a physiological measure of cognitive processing; Psychological meaning of heart rate
Basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiac systemRecording the ECG in the media research lab; Equipment and technical procedures for recording the ECG; Analysis of cardiac activity data; Examples of research using heart rate to study cognitive processing of media; EEG: a measure of cortical activity underlying cognitive processing of media; Psychological meaning of EEG; Recording the EEG signal; Examples of research using EEG to study cognitive processing of media; Summary; 5. Psychophysiological measures of emotionalprocessing of media; The nature of human emotion
Mind/body interaction in emotionArousal and valence as superordinate dimensions of emotion; Skin conductance: an electrodermal measure of arousal; Psychological meaning of skin conductance; Measuring skin conductance in the media research lab; Skin conductance recording equipment and supplies; Skin conductance electrode placement; Analysis of skin conductance data; Examples of the use of skin conductance in media research; Facial EMG: a measure of emotional valence; Psychological meaning of facial EMG; Specific facial muscle activation as an index of emotional valence
Summary This research volume serves as a comprehensive resource for psychophysiological research on media responses. It addresses the theoretical underpinnings, methodological techniques, and most recent research in this area. It goes beyond current volumes by placing the research techniques within a context of communication processes and effects as a field, and demonstrating how the real-time measurement of physiological responses enhances and complements more traditional measures of psychological effects from media. This volume introduces readers to the theoretical assumptions of psychophysiology as
Notes Recording the facial EMG signal
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Subject Mass media -- Psychological aspects
Communication -- Psychological aspects.
Psychophysiology -- Research
Communication -- Psychological aspects
Mass media -- Psychological aspects
Psychophysiology -- Research
Form Electronic book
Author Bolls, Paul David, 1966-
ISBN 9780203181027