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Psychocinematics: Exploring Cognition at the Movies

Arthur P. Shimamura


How do movies keep us riveted to the screen and thoroughly engage our sensations, thoughts, and feelings? Can scientific inquiry help us understand why we watch them and why we like them? Largely through trial and error, filmmakers have developed powerful techniques that capture the attention of audiences—visually, mentally, and emotionally. Scholars in the arts and humanities have thought deeply about the nature and impact of these techniques for some time, but, until now, few scientists have delved into empirical analyses of our movie experience. This book introduces a new, exciting field by ... More

Keywords: psychology of film, aesthetics, cognitive science, psychocinematics, cognitive neuroscience, film theory, philosophy

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199862139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur P. Shimamura, editor
University of California, Berkeley, USA

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1 Philosophical Foundations

4 Toward an Ecology of the Arts

Joseph D. Anderson

2 Sensory and Attentional Features of Movies

6 Sensing Motion in Movies

Katherine J. Thomson-Jones

7 Low-Level Features of Film: What They Are and Why We Would Be Lost Without Them

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

3 Knowledge, Imagination, and Narratives

13 Belief, Desire, Action, and Other Stuff: Theory of Mind in Movies

Daniel T. Levin, Alicia M. Hymel, and Lewis Baker

4 Driving Emotions With Movies

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