Title

Hyperrealism vs. Traditional Artforms: Does realism impact audience response to paleontology illustrations?

Presenter Information

Chrstopher Chandler

Department

Psychological Science

Major

Psychology

Research Advisor

Northcut, Kathryn M., 1964-
Montgomery, Frances H.

Advisor's Department

English and Technical Communication

Second Advisor's Department

Psychological Science

Funding Source

UMR Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

Past studies have shown that contextual cues within imagery serve as indicators for attributing credence to an image. This study sought to discern whether level of detail within images had a significant effect on subjects’ appraisal of credibility. It was predicted that increases in detail would correspond to relatively increasing credibility ratings being associated with images; consequently images with greater levels of detail would have a greater credibility ranking relative to those with lesser detail. The three-part, nineteen question, surveys were administered to 83 University of Missouri--Rolla General Psychology students. Positioning of illustrations within text had an impact on the effect of detail on text believability. Additional results showed a significant interaction between gender and major field of study on believability of text associated with an image. Future avenues of study could be conducted to determine whether this association may be carried over to include electronic and digital cinema.

Biography

Christopher is a junior attending the University of Missouri--Rolla majoring in psychology. He is the son of Thomas and Rebecca Chandler and is from O’Fallon, Missouri. On campus he is actively involved in Psi Chi, and works at Thomas Jefferson Hall as a member of Residential Life. Off campus he is participates as a volunteer in the Nonprofit Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire. Christopher plans on pursuing a career in industrial psychology.

Research Category

Humanities/Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Presentation Date

12 Apr 2006, 1:00 pm

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Hyperrealism vs. Traditional Artforms: Does realism impact audience response to paleontology illustrations?

Past studies have shown that contextual cues within imagery serve as indicators for attributing credence to an image. This study sought to discern whether level of detail within images had a significant effect on subjects’ appraisal of credibility. It was predicted that increases in detail would correspond to relatively increasing credibility ratings being associated with images; consequently images with greater levels of detail would have a greater credibility ranking relative to those with lesser detail. The three-part, nineteen question, surveys were administered to 83 University of Missouri--Rolla General Psychology students. Positioning of illustrations within text had an impact on the effect of detail on text believability. Additional results showed a significant interaction between gender and major field of study on believability of text associated with an image. Future avenues of study could be conducted to determine whether this association may be carried over to include electronic and digital cinema.