Toward a theory of intellectual entertainment

José I. Latorre, María T. Soto-Sanfiel

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We reflect on the typical sequence of complex emotions associated with the process of scientific discovery. It is proposed that the same sequence is found to underlie many forms of media entertainment, albeit substantially scaled down. Hence, a distinct theory of intellectual entertainment is put forward. The seemingly timeless presence of multiple forms of intellectual entertainment finds its roots in a positive moral approval of the self of itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-59
JournalJournal of Media Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • emotions
  • intellectual entertainment
  • media entertainment
  • scientific discovery


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