With the advent of video games, a frequently asked question has been whether we get as engrossed in them emotionally as we do when we see a scary movie. The answer is yes and in new ways, according to new research by faculty in Indiana University’s Media School. And many game players enjoy the fear.
Last fall, Indiana University Media School researcher Jessica Gall Myrick – recently better known for her study on how cat videos affect our emotions and moods – published research on how clips from “Shark Week” influence our fear of Great Whites and other sharks.
Jon Vickers, founding director of the IU Cinema, is taking a year sabbatical starting July 1. While he explores strategic and creative projects to advance the cinema’s standing as a visionary institution, Associate Director Brittany D. Friesner will step into a new role as acting director.