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Neurocinematics: The Neuroscience of Film

Uri Hasson, Ohad Landesman, Barbara Knappmeyer, Ignacio Vallines, Nava Rubin, and David J. Heeger

This article describes a new method for assessing the effect of a given film on viewers' brain activity. Brain activity was measured using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during free viewing of films, and inter-subject correlation analysis (ISC) was used to assess similarities in the spatiotemporal responses across viewers' brains during movie watching. Our results demonstrate that some films can exert considerable control over brain activity and eye movements. However, this was not the case for all types of motion picture sequences, and the level of control over viewers' brain activity differed as a function of movie content, editing, and directing style. We propose that ISC may be useful to film studies by providing a quantitative neuroscientific assessment of the impact of different styles of filmmaking on viewers' brains, and a valuable method for the film industry to better assess its products. Finally, we suggest that this method brings together two separate and largely unrelated disciplines, cognitive neuroscience and film studies, and may open the way for a new interdisciplinary field of “neurocinematic” studies.

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Cyclic Existence, Iteration, and Digital Transcendence

Lu Yang's Live Motion Capture Performances

Ashley Lee Wong

. Concepts and themes are continuously reiterated throughout Lu Yang's practice through early interests in neuroscience and cognitive control of the body, experimentations with the body in the virtual space, and reincarnation in Buddhism as precursors to the

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Are Movies Making Us Smarter?

The Role of Cinematic Evolution in the Flynn Effect

Tim J. Smith, Claire Essex, and Rachael Bedford

processing visual stimuli and their attention was more controlled by the salience of the stimuli (i.e., exogenously driven by the environment) and that they may have been poorer, or at least not better, in deliberate cognitive control of attention (i

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Noise, Sound and Fury in Macbeth

Elizabeth Mazzola

Daniel Dennett observes, cognitivecontrol’ and ‘expertise’ can be ‘usurped’ rather than ‘delegated’ and shared, 30 and eager, selfless knowers might in these cases even lose their ability to recognise themselves. Just as clear as Ross's many

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Mindfulness and Hasidic Modernism

Toward a Contemplative Ethnography

Don Seeman and Michael Karlin

practices are devoted not just to the development of cognitive control over the emotions and the promotion of religious affect (like the love of God), but also overwhelmingly to the attainment of bittul , which literally refers to self-nullification and is