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The Empathic ScreenCinema and Neuroscience$
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Vittorio Gallese and Michele Guerra

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198793533.001.0001

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Face and Hands

Face and Hands

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The Empathic Screen

Vittorio Gallese

Michele Guerra

, Frances Anderson
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses close-ups of the face and body in relation to film and neuroscience. The subheadings are “Touching in the mirror,” which introduces and discusses the opening scenes of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona; “The somatosensory system and multimodality,” which addresses the notion of multimodality, and explains how the brain processes touch and pain; “The social perception of touch,” provides an overview of how the brain processes the vision of touch; “Feeling the film,” in which scenes from Jean Luc Godard’s Une Femme Mariée are analyzed and a suggestion provided for approaching the notion of “haptic vision,” discussed by film theorists, from a neuroscientific perspective; and “Animations,” in which the authors propose that their model of embodied simulation can be used to explain the sense of presence generated by animation films, analyzing Jan Švankmajer’s films and Pixar’s Toy Story.

Keywords:   animation, Bergman, close-ups, computer-generated imagery (CGI), face, hands, multimodality, somatosensory system, Švankmajer, touch

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