Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology



First Advisor

Bracken, Cheryl

Subject Headings

transportation, identification, non- fiction, documentaries


This study tests for transportation and identification in non- fiction documentaries that portrayed victims and perpetrators of crime. Participants were a combination of college students and individual who were recruited via social media. The two video conditions demonstrated adult women who were portrayed as either a victim or perpetrator; this is where the manipulation occurred. Participants were randomly selected to view a documentary of a black or white victim, or a black or white perpetrator. Results found that participants were able to be transported into a non- fiction video. Participants also expressed high levels of identification with the women portrayed in the non- fiction videos. Results also indicated a positive correlation between transportation and identification.

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