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Moving PicturesA New Theory of Film Genres, Feelings, and Cognition$
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Torben Grodal

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159834

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159834.001.0001

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Cognition, Emotion, Brain-Processes, and Narration

Cognition, Emotion, Brain-Processes, and Narration

(p.39) 2 Cognition, Emotion, Brain-Processes, and Narration
Moving Pictures

Torben Grodal

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a general outline of the way in which the brain processes information and the connections between this processing and the basic structures of visual fiction. It describes the ways in which basic forms of aesthetic experience are related to perceptual, associational, and sequential structures, and to innate autonomic emotional reactions. It provides models of the experiential flow, based on the mental flow from perception via emotional evaluation and cognitions to enaction; and it shows that experienced modal qualities of the flow (intense, saturated, tense, and autonomic experiences) are effects of the mental flow as cued by narratives.

Keywords:   aesthetic experience, emotional reactions, visual fiction, information processing, narrative enaction

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