Model of complex entertainment experiences

Halfmann, Annabell ; Vorderer, Peter

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Document Type: Encyclopedic article
Year of publication: 2021
Book title: The international encyclopedia of media psychology
Volume: 2 (?)
Page range: tba
Publisher: Bulck, Jan van den ; Roskos-Ewoldsen, David R.
Place of publication: Hoboken, NJ
Publishing house: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 978-1-119-01106-4 , 1-119-01107-8 , 978-1-119-01107-1
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Medien- und Kommunikationswisseschaft (Vorderer 2010-)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Individual keywords (German): Unterhaltungstheorie ; Unterhaltung ; Medienselektion ; Medienwirkung
Keywords (English): entertainment theory ; enjoyment ; media selection ; media effects
Abstract: This entry offers an introduction to the model of complex entertainment experiences (Vorderer, Klimmt, & Ritterfeld, 2004), some of its research applications, as well as later developments and future directions for research on entertainment. The model describes enjoyment as the main experience of exposure to entertainment media and provides an integrated view of entertainment. Enjoyment is conceptualized as a complex and multifaceted experience that includes physiological, affective, and cognitive dimensions. With this theoretical contribution, Vorderer and colleagues (2004) aimed to improve the understanding of entertainment premises. Their main assumption is that an interplay between user characteristics, motives, and the particular media determines enjoyment. The model also lists specific effects of entertainment (e.g., learning) that are assumed to influence the prerequisites of and motives for future entertainment experiences.

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