The Psychological And Physiological Effects Of Television

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The current paper focuses on the phenomenon that is known as post-series affect. First, I will describe the relevant literature regarding the psychological and physiological effects of television. Then, I will discuss my hypothesis in regards to the the non-exclusive emotions felt by the viewer. I will also define terms used throughout the paper such as post-series affect and arousal. Finally, I will describe the methods and research techniques that can be utalized to study post-series affect. The presence of television shows in the development of society has become increasingly prevalent, even to leading to a subculture of “fandoms”. These “fandoms” form a sense of camaraderie with the characters of the show and with the peers (other fans). Many members of “fandoms” have reported they have experienced “post-series depression” when finishing a television series. People reported symptoms that are typically indicative of depression, including difficulty concentrating, feelings of helplessness or worthlessness, irritability, loss of interest in activities once considered pleasurable, and persistent feelings of sadness and emptiness (WebMD, 2015). According to Urban Dictionary (2015), other symptoms of post-series depression may include the inability to start another series, a need to rewatch/reread, creating and/or reading fanfiction, and “fangirling”/ “fanboying”. Recent research conducted by Jeffrey Rudski, studied the possibility of links between Harry Potter fans and

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