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Media Detectives: Bridging the Relationship among Empathy, Laugh Tracks, and Gender in Childhood
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Journal of Media Literacy Education Volume 8, Number 2, ISSN 2167-8715

Abstract

Empathy in college-age students is decreasing at unprecedented rates. Understanding empathy in children can act as primary prevention in tackling the problem. This study considers laugh tracks' capacity to bias reality, foster empathy, and investigate differences across time and gender in 181 fifth grade students. Findings from this quasi-experimental study suggests that students' perceptions of the relationship between empathy and canned laughter changed significantly from pretest to posttest. Statistically significant differences were present for gender, as well. Theoretical and practical implications of using laugh tracks to increase empathy in middle and late childhood are discussed.

Citation

Kanthan, S., Graham, J.A. & Azarchi, L. (2016). Media Detectives: Bridging the Relationship among Empathy, Laugh Tracks, and Gender in Childhood. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 8(2), 35-53. Retrieved October 19, 2019 from .

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