Hollywood Compassion Coalition launches ‘research corner’ highlighting studies on the effect of entertainment on society
Hollywood Compassion Coalition has announced the launch of its Research Corner, a dedicated compilation of global studies that breaks down the effects of media and entertainment on society. HCC is a non-profit organization and entertainment industry movement that inspires positive social change based on compassion.
The Research Corner is a collection of abstracts that highlight key concepts and empirically validated studies around current issues in the industry. The first deployment of articles examines the importance of media literacy and how it affects how viewers understand and interpret content, how entertainment influences viewers, the results of observing risky behaviors in media, stereotypical portrayals in the media and their impact, and the role of entertainment in shaping the world around us.
The HCC was founded by multi-Grammy and Emmy Award-winning re-recording mixer Brian Riordan (Founder, Levels Audio) and award-winning actress, producer and director Natalie Conneely (Optimist, Pachamama Sabia). The founding advisory board includes Chapman University Positive Media Psychology Research Director and Assistant Professor Sophie Janicke-Bowles, Ph.D. and documentary filmmaker Owsley Brown III.
Co-founder Brian Riordan said, “As an industry, we need to gain a deep understanding of the impact our content has on its viewers. It is only from this understanding that instrumental change can occur. -changed trip to India through Mind & Life Institute and spent a week in the company of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”
“Brian and I were bonded by our relationship with His Holiness and Mind & Life,” co-founder Natalie Conneely continued. “After working for seven years with the 14th Dalai Lama to build a global network of mindful, compassionate and ethical leaders, I am thrilled to bring this idea to life and begin sharing research that informs the entertainment industry of the connection between stories we tell and the world we live in. We believe in building a world that works for all of us, because it’s increasingly clear that otherwise it won’t work for any of us.
Sophie Janicke-Bowles, Ph.D. said, “It’s one thing to make people laugh with the stories we tell, but it’s another to inspire them to be a little nicer to the clerk of groceries next time we go shopping. Research in media psychology demonstrates the power that stories can have to change the way we look and behave in this world. Thus, thinking about research-informed storytelling that is entertaining and good for society is something I want to see more of in today’s media landscape and HCC is on a mission to make that happen.
The research is based on empirical findings from peer-reviewed communication journals and media studies textbooks, which investigate how the media can impact the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of viewers. Student Noel McGuire was instrumental in collecting and analyzing these academic documents and plays a vital role in breaking down the concepts, making the complex theories and academic jargon more understandable and inviting the eye of the artist.
To learn more and join the Hollywood Compassion Coalition, visit https://hollywoodcompassioncoalition.org/. To help support HCC’s mission, please visit https://hollywoodcompassioncoalition.org/donate.