Trigger films are an audience involvement media designed to achieve attitude and behavior modification. They are brief (under four minutes), high impact vignettes which portray specific problem situations, focusing upon the agent's motivations, and structured so as to trigger an emotional response by the viewer and to act as a catalyst for self-examination of the issues which lie at the heart of the matter at hand. They serve as film analogues to the Rorschach and Thematic Apperception Tests and have been used in such varying fields as gerontology, drug abuse education, driver training, mental retardation, jurisprudence, human relations, dental education, and library science. They provide an initial stimulus and only the most pertinent information, deal with realistic situations, and conclude at an open-ended high point where the conflict is unresolved and alternative solutions are possible. They are useful in group discussion and, when properly used, serve to break down defense mechanisms and to provoke thoughtful consideration of problematic situations. (Author/PB)
Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Convention (Atlantic City, New Jersey, March 17-21, 1974)
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Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. School of Library Sciences.