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The Social Science of Cinema

James C. Kaufman and Dean Keith Simonton


This book compiles research from such varied disciplines as psychology, economics, sociology, business, and communications to find the best empirical research being done on the movies, based on perspectives that many filmgoers have never considered. Chapters explore such topics as the specific factors that influence whether movies make money, win awards, or flop; how our personality impacts on our viewing preferences; issues of gender inequity on screen; the relationship between visual perception and the way movies are edited; and many more. This book attempts the ultimate act of figuring out ... More

Keywords: film, cinema, psychology, social sciences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199797813
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James C. Kaufman, editor
California State University at San Bernardino

Dean Keith Simonton, editor
University of California, Davis

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I The Creation

1 Writing for Success

Dean Keith Simonton

2 Sell-by Date?

Stacy L. Smith, Amy Granados, Marc Choueiti, and Katherine M. Pieper

II The Audience

4 What Type of Movie Person are You?

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Andrea Kallias, and Anne Hsu

5 Film Through the Human Visual System

Jordan E. DeLong, Kaitlin L. Brunick, and James E. Cutting

III The Production

7 The Producer–Director Dyad

Joris J. Ebbers, Nachoem M. Wijnberg, and Pawan V. Bhansing

8 Networks and Rewards Among Hollywood Artists

Gino Cattani, and Simone Ferriani

IV The Reception

10 Analyzing the Academy Awards

Iain Pardoe, and Dean Keith Simonton

12 As Good as it Gets?

Victor Fernandez-Blanco, Victor Ginsburgh, Juan Prieto-Rodriguez, and Sheila Weyers

13 Social Science of the Cinema

Joshua Butler, and James C. Kaufman

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