Mentor: Dr. Maureen Turim
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"After I graduate, I am interested in continuing my education and becoming involved in film scholarship, so I hope to develop this project into a thesis."
Educational Studies; History of Art; Theories and Politics of Sexuality
- Gender and Sexuality
- Harn Museum of Art
- Alachua County Humane Society
Hobbies and Interests
- Watching Movies
The Effect of Violent Films on Viewers
This study will involve a literature review of the research that has been completed so far about the possible effects of violent media, specifically film, on viewers. Theorized effects include an inhibition of negative feelings, like anxiety, one usually associates with violence, and an increase in aggression, pro-violent behaviors, and violence, but many of the studies of these effects are lacking in consistency, internal validity, and external validity. Reviewing the literature may provide some keys to understanding the relationship between violent films and viewers. This study will also review film history to consider the development of the representation of violence in film, but the resulting paper will mainly focus on in-depth analysis of the representation of violence in contemporary films to further explore the possible effects of violent film on viewers.