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'I'll Never Have a Clown in My House!' Frightening Movies and Enduring Emotional Memory

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To explore lingering effects of frightening media, 530 papers written by students were reviewed. Students could write about their own or another person's fright reaction. Almost all (93%) students wrote about their own experience, and 91 1escribed fiction or fantasy rather than real content. Of the 91 papers written about the four movies cited most frequently, 46% reported an effect on bedtime behavior (e.g., sleep disturbances) and 75% reported effects on waking life (e.g., anxiety in related situations). Among the prominent effects on waking life were difficulty swimming after "Jaws" (in lakes and pools as well as the ocean), uneasiness around clowns, televisions, and trees after "Poltergeist," avoidance of camping and the woods following "The Blair Witch Project," and anxiety when home alone after "Scream." More than 1/3 of the papers reported effects continuing to the present. These consequences are discussed in the context of research on emotional memory.

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Cantor, Joanne. "'I'll Never Have a Clown in My House!' Frightening Movies and Enduring Emotional Memory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112127_index.html>

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Cantor, J. , 2003-05-27 "'I'll Never Have a Clown in My House!' Frightening Movies and Enduring Emotional Memory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112127_index.html

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Abstract: To explore lingering effects of frightening media, 530 papers written by students were reviewed. Students could write about their own or another person's fright reaction. Almost all (93%) students wrote about their own experience, and 91 1escribed fiction or fantasy rather than real content. Of the 91 papers written about the four movies cited most frequently, 46% reported an effect on bedtime behavior (e.g., sleep disturbances) and 75% reported effects on waking life (e.g., anxiety in related situations). Among the prominent effects on waking life were difficulty swimming after "Jaws" (in lakes and pools as well as the ocean), uneasiness around clowns, televisions, and trees after "Poltergeist," avoidance of camping and the woods following "The Blair Witch Project," and anxiety when home alone after "Scream." More than 1/3 of the papers reported effects continuing to the present. These consequences are discussed in the context of research on emotional memory.

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Frightening Movies 0 "I’ll Never Have a Clown in My House!" – Frightening Movies and Enduring Emotional Memory [Manuscript Submitted November 1 2002 for ICA Conference] A slightly different version of this paper has been submitted for publication but has not received final acceptance. Frightening Movies 1 "I’ll Never Have a Clown in My House" – Frightening Movies and Enduring Emotional Memory Abstract To explore lingering effects of frightening media 530 papers written by students were reviewed. Students could
I get visions in my head of the mask they wore and I get completely freaked out and will basically sprint to my apartment. I now check under the bed inside the closet and shower when I get home to make sure no one is there. After seeing this movie I am now very conscious about who is home. If I’m home alone however I am always listening for unknown sounds and where they are coming from. Many of


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