Graphical representations of a television series: A study with deaf and hearing adolescents

Cristina Cambra, Aurora Leal, Núria Silvestre

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The understanding of a television story can be very different depending on the age of the viewer, their background knowledge, the content of the programme and the way in which they combine the information gathered from linguistic, audio and visual elements. This study explores the different ways of interpreting an audiovisual document considering that, due to a hearing impaired, visual, audio and linguistic information could be perceived very differently to the way it is by hearing people. The study involved the participation of 20 deaf and 20 hearing adolescents, aged 12 to 19 years who, after watching a fragment of a television series, were asked to draw a picture of what had happened in the story. The results show that the graphical representation of the film is similar for both groups in terms of the number of scenes, but there is greater profusion, in the deaf group, of details about the context and characters, and there are differences in their interpretations of some of the sequences in the story. Copyright 2010 by The Spanish Journal of Psychology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-776
JournalSpanish Journal of Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Adolescents
  • Deafness
  • Drawing
  • Television

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