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'I'll Never Have a Clown in My House!' Frightening Movies and Enduring Emotional Memory
Unformatted Document Text:  Frightening Movies 3 This species of hallucination lasted seven or eight years, & I was a "young lady" with long skirts & my hair up before my heart ceased to beat with fear if I had to stand for half a minute on a door-step! [from a collection of author Edith Wharton’s autobiographical writings (Cahill, 1994m, p. 11)] This quotation is an example of how the simple act of reading a book overwhelmed a young girl and plagued her behavior and her outlook on life for years. Although the effect seems strikingly dramatic, it is not that different from the effects commonly experienced by many of today’s children and adolescents as they go to the movies or watch television in their own homes (see Cantor, 1998, 2002). Since the 1930s, research findings have detailed the frequency with which children report being frightened or horrified by movies, radio programs, and television shows (Blumer, 1933; Eisenberg, 1936; Preston, 1941; Wilson et al., 1987; Cantor & Nathanson, 1996; Gentile & Walsh, 2002). Recent correlational studies have also reported that heavy television exposure is related to longer-term anxiety symptoms and sleep disturbances (Singer et al., 1998; Owens et al., 1999). Although studies of this type show that many children experience emotional problems as the result of media exposure, most of them do not provide the type of detailed view of the nature of the experience that is illustrated by the Wharton quote. It is not possible, for obvious ethical reasons, to show children horrifying media images in order to explore their immediate and long-term reactions to them. But we know that children are exposed to such images, and anecdotal reports suggest that the effects are often much more intense and long-lasting than the average person might expect. One way of exploring the nature of the long-term effects of exposure to scary media is to study adults’ memories of having been scared at an earlier time. Although retrospective reports have their limitations, they can provide valuable information that cannot be acquired by other

Authors: Cantor, Joanne.
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Frightening Movies
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This species of hallucination lasted seven or eight years, & I was a "young lady"
with long skirts & my hair up before my heart ceased to beat with fear if I had to stand
for half a minute on a door-step!
[from a collection of author Edith Wharton’s autobiographical writings (Cahill,
1994m, p. 11)]
This quotation is an example of how the simple act of reading a book overwhelmed a
young girl and plagued her behavior and her outlook on life for years. Although the effect seems
strikingly dramatic, it is not that different from the effects commonly experienced by many of
today’s children and adolescents as they go to the movies or watch television in their own homes
(see Cantor, 1998, 2002). Since the 1930s, research findings have detailed the frequency with
which children report being frightened or horrified by movies, radio programs, and television
shows (Blumer, 1933; Eisenberg, 1936; Preston, 1941; Wilson et al., 1987; Cantor & Nathanson,
1996; Gentile & Walsh, 2002). Recent correlational studies have also reported that heavy
television exposure is related to longer-term anxiety symptoms and sleep disturbances (Singer et
al., 1998; Owens et al., 1999). Although studies of this type show that many children experience
emotional problems as the result of media exposure, most of them do not provide the type of
detailed view of the nature of the experience that is illustrated by the Wharton quote. It is not
possible, for obvious ethical reasons, to show children horrifying media images in order to
explore their immediate and long-term reactions to them. But we know that children are exposed
to such images, and anecdotal reports suggest that the effects are often much more intense and
long-lasting than the average person might expect.
One way of exploring the nature of the long-term effects of exposure to scary media is to
study adults’ memories of having been scared at an earlier time. Although retrospective reports
have their limitations, they can provide valuable information that cannot be acquired by other


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