The Journal for Movies and Mind

Editor: Ted Nannicelli, University of Queensland

Subjects: Film Studies

Published in association with The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image  

Winner of the 2008 AAP/PSP Prose Award for Best New Journal in the Social Sciences & Humanities!

Projections 14(1)

From the Editor
Ted Nannicelli


Cinematographic High-Contrast Lighting Can Facilitate Empathetic Affective Mimicry
Alan Voodla, Elen Lotman, Martin Kolnes, Richard Naar, and Andero Uusberg

Beyond the Individual Body: Spinoza’s Radical Enactivism and You Were Never Really Here
Francesco Sticchi

Intuition, Evidence, and Carroll’s Theory of Narrative
Jonathan Frome

The Plot Twist in TV Serial Narratives
Héctor J. Pérez

Book Reviews

Paul Taberham. Lessons in Perception: The Avant-Garde Filmmaker as Practical Psychologist
Gianni Barchiesi

Catalin Brylla and Mette Kramer, eds. Cognitive Theory and Documentary Film
Laura T. Di Summa

Julian Hanich. The Audience Effect: On the Collective Cinema Experience
Joseph G. Kickasola

Frank Hakemulder, Moniek M. Kuijpers, Ed S. Tan, Katalin Bálint, and Miruna M. Doicaru, eds. Narrative Absorption
Peter Verstraten

Volume 14 / 2020, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, winter)


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Aims & Scope

Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that explores how the mind experiences, understands, and interprets the audiovisual and narrative structures of cinema and other visual media. Recognizing cinema as an art form, the journal aims to integrate established traditions of analyzing media aesthetics with current research into perception, cognition, and emotion, according to frameworks supplied by philosophy of mind, phenomenology, psychology, and the cognitive-and neurosciences. The journal seeks to facilitate a dialogue between scholars in these disciplines and bring the study of moving image media to the forefront of contemporary intellectual debate.

Submissions are welcomed from a variety of scholarly methods within the humanities and the sciences, from aesthetic to empirical, theoretical, and historical approaches. We especially welcome interdisciplinary approaches that bridge the traditional humanities/sciences division. Accordingly, we invite and consider several forms of submission. Please read the submission guidelines carefully to ensure that your submission aligns with the particular requirements for each format.


Projections is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Art Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Art Index (Ebsco)
  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI)
  • British Humanities Index (Proquest)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals (Proquest)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (De Gruyter)
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Scopus (Elsevier)


Editor: Ted Nannicelli, Film and Television Studies, University of Queensland

Associate Editors
Tim Smith, Cognitive Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London
Aaron Taylor, New Media, University of Lethbridge

Editorial Board
Fredrick Luis Aldama, English, The Ohio State University
Richard Allen, Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Andreas Bartels, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Anne Bartsch, Communications and Media Studies, University of Leipzig
Todd Berliner, Film Studies, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
David Bordwell, Communication Arts (Emeritus), University of Wisconsin–Madison
Noel Carroll, Philosophy, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Yadin Dudai, Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science
Cynthia Freeland, Philosophy, University of Houston
Torben Grodal, Film and Media Studies (Emeritus), University of Copenhagen
Tom Gunning, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago
Uri Hasson, Psychology, Princeton University
Patrick Colm Hogan, English, University of Connecticut
Daniel Levin, Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University
Paisley Livingston, Philosophy (Emeritus), Lingnan University
Carl Plantinga, Communication Arts and Sciences, Calvin College
Stephen Prince, Theatre and Cinema, Virginia Tech
Nick Redfern, Media, Film, and Culture, Leeds Trinity University
Arthur Shimamura, Psychology (Emeritus), University of California, Berkeley
Robert Sinnerbrink, Philosophy, Macquarie University
Greg Smith, Communication, Georgia State University
Murray Smith, Film Studies, University of Kent
Vivian Sobchack, Film, Television, and Digital Media (Emerita), University of California, Los Angeles
Jane Stadler, Media and Communication, Swinburne University of Technology
Katherine Thomson-Jones,Philosophy, Oberlin College
Malcolm Turvey, Film and Media Studies, Tufts University
Margrethe Bruun Vaage, Film Studies, University of Kent
Jeffrey Zacks, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
Lisa Zunshine, English, University of Kentucky

Founding Editor: Ira Konigsberg, Film (Emeritus), University of Michigan

Manuscript Submission

Please review the submission and style guidelines carefully before submitting.

The editorial board welcomes contributions. Authors should submit articles as attachments by e-mail, formatted as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) files. Electronic submissions are preferred, but mailed contributions will be reviewed. Please note that all correspondence will be transmitted via e-mail. Submissions without complete and properly formatted reference lists may be rejected. Manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to the Projections style will be returned to the author for amendment.

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Authors published in Projections certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Projections ethics statement.

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