Media - SS3 - Psychology of Celebrity - Celebrity Attraction - Social Psychological Explanations

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Which psychologist supports social learning?
De Backer et al
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What did he believe that celebs are viewed as?
Higher status individuals, so people model them as we think it will raise our status too
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Which psychologist supports para-social relationships?
Aron et al
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What did he ask ppts to do?
Generate visual images of individuals
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Who did they create more vivid images of?
Cher rather than their own mothers
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Which psychologist supports the mere-exposure effect?
De Backer et al
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How many ppts were studied and how many interviews done?
838 and 103
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What was found the younger the person and the greater the media exposure?
The more they learn from celebrities and the greater the exposure, the more celebs are seen are part of ppl's social networks
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Who goes against the mere-exposure effect?
Freedman et al
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Who supports background?
Giles
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What did Giles argue that there are an abnormally high number of?
Jewish Nobel Prize winners and black singers and sports people
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What ethical issues are there?
Socially sensetive to assume that Jewish and black people come from oppressed backgrounds
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What PAs are there?
Use findings of research such as De Backer to warn ppl about effects of media exposure on materialism and pressure put on body image
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Where is most research done?
In the West - can't generalise the idea that we are attracted to celebs as of social factors, as many be different in non-Western countries
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What does it ignore?
Biology - some people may have a natural tendency to be fascinated by celebs
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