Int. J. of Arts and Technology   »   2011 Vol.4, No.1

 

 

Title: Influence of interactivity on emotions and enjoyment during consumption of audiovisual fictions

 

Author: Maria Teresa Soto-Sanfiel, Laura Aymerich-Franch, F. Xavier Ribes-Guardia, J. Reinaldo Martinez-Fernandez

 

Addresses:
Departament de Comunicacio Audiovisual i Publicitat I, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Campus UAB, Edif. I, Bellaterra 08193, Barcelona, Spain.
Departament de Comunicacio Audiovisual i Publicitat I, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Campus UAB, Edif. I, Bellaterra 08193, Barcelona, Spain.
Departament de Comunicacio Audiovisual i Publicitat I, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Campus UAB, Edif. I, Bellaterra 08193, Barcelona, Spain.
Departament de Psicologia Evolutiva i de l
Educacio, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Campus UAB, Edif. B, Bellaterra 08193, Barcelona, Spain

 

Abstract: The effect of interactivity, content and type of instructions on emotions and enjoyment in audiovisual fictions was observed in order to obtain data on interactive entertainment 310 university students were randomly assigned to one of six experimental situations, combining: modality of consumption (interactive or non-interactive), content (happy or sad ending) and type of instructions (operative or affective). Then, all subjects were asked about the emotions, enjoyment and gratification they experienced while watching the film. Main results show the existence of differences in some emotions depending on the modality of film perception. The interactive modality produces higher levels of interest, surprise and guilt compared to the conventional modality. Besides, the analysis shows that interactivity, in itself, does not affect enjoyment. These and other findings are discussed in relation to media entertainment.

 

Keywords: interactivity; emotions; communication; motivation; enjoyment; narratives; audiovisual narratives; AV fiction; AV content; operative instructions; affective instructions; interactive entertainment; happy ending; sad ending; gratification; interest levels; surprise; guilt.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2011.037774

 

Int. J. of Arts and Technology, 2011 Vol.4, No.1, pp.111 - 129

 

Available online: 27 Dec 2010

 

 

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