Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Psychology

Research Sponsor

Brandi Adamic-Summers

First Reader

Jennifer Deuble

Second Reader

Dr. Kevin Kaut

Abstract

Television medical dramas, like American Broadcasting Company’s Grey’s Anatomy, strive to make the program as accurate as possible while creating a dramatic and entertaining program. Grey’s Anatomy, since the first episode in 2005, has employed medical consultants to help write episodes in order to make the television program as realistic as possible (Otto, 2014). Although there are some realistic aspects of Grey’s Anatomy, as a whole it is a fictional medical drama with plotlines and characters used for entertainment purposes only. However, previous research shows that fictional programs can still have an effect on its viewers. Cultivation Theory states that television has a long-term effect on its viewer’s perceptions about their own social reality (Potter, 2014). This implies that the hospital experience shown on Grey’s Anatomy can shape the viewers perception of real-life hospital experiences. This paper includes an analysis of ethical issues that occur in the hospital of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and the results of a survey on the ethical implications that Grey’s Anatomy cultivates in its viewers.

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