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Maarten Coëgnarts, Jonathan Frome, Christopher Goetz, and Maureen Turim

mankind. Any new technology gradually creates its own new human environment. Hence, the rapidly changing global environment spurred by the rise of the internet has inevitably increased academic interest in the various changes to which people are adapting

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Margrethe Bruun Vaage and Gabriella Blasi

real accomplishment. It will be widely read and discussed, and deservedly so. Alexa Weik von Mossner, ed. Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014), vii + 287 pp., £42

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Toward a Model of Distributed Affectivity for Cinematic Ethics

Ethical Experience, Trauma, and History

Philip Martin

and narrative affordances, rather than conceptualize them as single cognitive artifacts that enhance our mental processing. Further, films provide structurally rich environments for such affordances to be effective. An affordance-rich account of

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“Mind the Gap”

Between Movies and Mind, Affective Neuroscience, and the Philosophy of Film

Jane Stadler

the environment. Furthermore, artistic representations of empathy scenarios, such as those found in narrative films, provide elaborate examples of imagining that may augment the reach, scale, and intensity of empathy (190–191). In a compelling passage

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Medium Specificity, Iterative Ethics, and Algorithmic Culture in The Good Place

Jane Stadler

culture is affecting spectatorship, the television industry, and the media environment. Engagement and Estrangement Screen Stories posits an ethics of engagement that “relates emotion to belief and value” (131) and that is distinct from what

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On Shock Therapy

Modernist Aesthetics and American Underground Film

William Solomon

could enable the subjects of urban-industrial modernity to accommodate psychically and corporeally to their changing environment in a progressive manner. 3 The project of modernist poetry, Benjamin proposed, was to help facilitate adjustments, on an

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Paul Taberham and Kaitlin Brunick

, and that Vision should supplant the assumption that Language, Consciousness and Reason (LCR) are our primary means for our own understanding of our minds and environments. The author justifies this thesis using work from three fields: philosophy

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How to Be a Moderate Optimist about Neuroscience in Film Theory and Other Places

William P. Seeley

of two processes: assimilation and accommodation . When we encounter novel information we naturally try to assimilate it into existing conceptual frameworks for organizing knowledge of the world. We fit the environment to existing schema. However

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Enacting Moving Images

Film Theory and Experimental Science within a New Cognitive Media Theory

Joerg Fingerhut and Katrin Heimann

). Such skill-based accounts can be extended to cultural domains and to artifactual habits of engagement that are jointly constituted by our brain-body nexus, properties of the respective media, and the socio-cultural environment. Such habits are

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Before and After Ghostcatching

Animation, Primitivism, and the Choreography of Vitality

Heather Warren-Crow

forms of measurement and control; the more mobile, energetic, and animated the cartoon body (the more alive, according to the rhetoric of animation), the more effectively it is captured; and the more that body is a part of its environment (the more