M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Sociology
This thesis compares the consumption of the three different types of media: reality, live action fictional, and animated fictional, and the belief in the different types of supernatural and paranormal belief. The various phenomena addressed in this thesis were angels, demons, ghosts, psychics, aliens/UFOS, zombies, and Bigfoot. Models were created to test the belief level of each specific phenomena type against each of the three types of media, if enough media examples existed of each phenomena type. This type of analysis was used so that each media could be considered separately and then compared to each other. The hypotheses were based on the idea that the consumption would be positively correlated with the belief in each type and that the more realistic the media type, the larger the correlation. The results showed that for most of the phenomena types, there was a trend of a larger B for the more realistic than the less realistic types and many of the correlations were found to be statistically significant.
Halsey, Mellissa, "The influence of The Type of Supernatural and Paranormal Media on The Belief in The Various Forms of Supernatural and Paranormal Phenomena" (2020). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 7087.
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