alexa Thrilling news: Factors generating suspense during news exposure.
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Silvia KnoblochWesterwick, Caterina Keplinger

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Hypotheses on emotional reactions to news were derived from Zillmann's (1996) model of affective responses to fictional drama. Participants in a Web-based field experiment in Germany read 2 news stories that were manipulated in a 2 × 2 design to vary affective disposition toward main characters, as well as the perceived likelihood of a negative outcome. Measures of suspense, reading appreciation, and lingering interest for continued coverage were collected. As hypothesized, a positive disposition toward protagonists and a perceived high likelihood of a negative outcome increased suspense while attending to news. A positive disposition also led to higher reading appreciation and more lingering interest.

This article was published in Media Psychology and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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