On jump scares, enjoyment, and the dimensional theory of emotion: A media psychophysiology approach to enjoyment of horror video games

dc.contributor.committeeChairBolls, Paul D.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGotlieb, Melissa
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSchweizer, Bobby
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHohman, Zachary
dc.creatorVillarreal, Jonathan A.
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-08T16:38:50Z
dc.date.available2020-06-08T16:38:50Z
dc.date.created2020-05
dc.date.issued2020-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2020
dc.date.updated2020-06-08T16:38:51Z
dc.description.abstractDespite enjoying considerable popularity, research on horror video games and enjoyment of them is limited. This dissertation utilized media psychophysiology in order to assess appetitive and aversive motivation activation, the underlying components of emotion, in players of a custom-made horror video game. Specifically, this dissertation examined how players’ sensation-seeking levels impacted their emotional responses to jump scares in a custom-made horror video game as well as the role these factors played in enjoyment of the game. Through pre and post-gameplay questions and psychophysiological measures, this dissertation found sensation-seeking did have an influence on several factors. First, it found that high sensation-seeking gamers experienced lower recovery levels to jump scare responses than low sensation-seeking gamers. Second, it found that each of the 6 jump scares were different in the responses they elicited in participants in both sensation-seeking categories. Lastly, it found that the interaction of sensation-seeking and specific jump scares were important factors in predicting player enjoyment of the game.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2346/85841
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rights.availabilityUnrestricted.
dc.subjectHorror video games
dc.subjectMedia psychophysiology
dc.titleOn jump scares, enjoyment, and the dimensional theory of emotion: A media psychophysiology approach to enjoyment of horror video games
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentMass Communications/Electronic Media
thesis.degree.disciplineMass Communications
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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