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.
Uri Hasson, Ohad Landesman, Barbara Knappmeyer, Ignacio Vallines, Nava Rubin, and David J. Heeger
.” the living handbook of narratology . http://www.lhn.uni-hamburg.de/discussion/discussion-narrator . Accessed February 20, 2016 . Saxe , Rebecca , and Simon Baron-Cohen , eds. 2006 . Theory of Mind. Special Issue of Social Neuroscience . Hove
Alan Voodla, Elen Lotman, Martin Kolnes, Richard Naar, and Andero Uusberg
.” Shutter Angle , 24 November . http://www.shutterangle.com/2012/creating-depth-dof-deep-staging-resolution/ . Singer , Tania , and Claus Lamm . 2009 . “ The Social Neuroscience of Empathy .” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1156 ( 1
Emotions, Evolution, and Climate Change
Debra J. Davidson
Science of How We Connect with Others . New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux . Immordino-Yang , Mary H. , and Antonio Damásio . 2007 . “ We Feel, Therefore We Learn: The Relevance of Affective and Social Neuroscience to Education ”. Mind Brain
Eisenstein’s Attractions, Mirror Neurons, and Contemporary Action Cinema
, Jacques . 1987 . Montage Eisenstein . Bloomington : Indiana University Press . Baird , Amee D. , Ingrid E. Scheffer , and Sarah J. Wilson . 2011 . “ Mirror Neuron System Involvement in Empathy: A Critical Look at the Evidence .” Social
Can commercial vendors support creative higher education?
_Expectations_and_Reality.pdf > (accessed 9 April 2015 ). Immordino-Yang , M.H. ( 2011 ) ‘ Implications of Affective and Social Neuroscience for Educational Theory ’, Educational Philosophy and Theory 43 , no. 1 : 98 – 103 . 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2010.00713.x Jaschik , S