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Psychocinematics [electronic resource] : exploring cognition at the movies /
edited by Arthur P. Shimamura.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
description
xii, 385 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0199862133 (hbk.), 9780199862139 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
isbn
0199862133 (hbk.)
9780199862139 (hbk.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
9830991
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-09-01:
This volume brings together many of the major figures in cognitive film theory, philosophy of film, and the latest from psychologists working on perception and emotion. Shimamura (Univ. of California, Berkeley) has compiled a collection of essays that aims to dislodge ruling paradigms in film study and bring together diverse scientific approaches to the movie experience. Whether it is Sheena Roger's discussion of how slow motion distorts viewers' understanding, Tim Smith's empirical work on eye tracking, or Todd Berliner's piece on the pleasure of narrative dis-unity, readers will find articles revelatory based upon their personal interests and exposure to film studies. However, the volume as a whole is poorly edited; many pieces overlap, referring to the same experiments and sources. And for all its breadth, the book is peculiarly narrow, e.g., discussing primarily recent Hollywood films and leaving out alternate theories of narration or controversies over mirror neurons. Rather frequent errors--such as misspelling "Godard" and "diegesis" and misdating Casablanca--do not increase the reader's confidence. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. For advanced collections only. S. R. Kozloff Vassar College
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"This volume brings together many of the major figures in cognitive film theory, philosophy of film, and the latest from psychologists working on perception and emotion. Shimamura (Univ. of California, Berkeley) has compiled a collection of essays that aims to dislodge ruling paradigms in film study and bring together diverse scientific approaches to the movie experience... Summing Up: Recommended." -- S.R. Kozloff, Vassar College, CHOICE "Edited by Arthur P. Shimamura, a psychology professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Psychocinematics is a breakthrough text in many ways. First, it is one of the first books to combine essays on film from experts in the fields of both psychology and cinema studies-important because most studies of film perception tend to come from either one perspective or the other. Second, it integrates many early texts on film art and perception, ... Psychocinematics is a heroic start at bringing the worlds of psychology and cinema-too long estranged from one another-back together." -- PsycCRITIQUES
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Largely through trial and error, filmmakers have developed engaging techniques that capture our sensations, thoughts, and feelings. Philosophers and film theorists have thought deeply about the nature and impact of these techniques, yet few scientists have delved into empirical analyses of our movie experience-or what Arthur P. Shimamura has coined "psychocinematics." This edited volume introduces this exciting field by bringing together film theorists, philosophers, psychologists,and neuroscientists to consider the viability of a scientific approach to our movie experience.
Main Description
Largely through trial and error, filmmakers have developed engaging techniques that capture our sensations, thoughts, and feelings. Philosophers and film theorists have thought deeply about the nature and impact of these techniques, yet few scientists have delved into empirical analyses of our movie experience - or what Arthur P. Shimamura has coined "psychocinematics." This edited volume introduces this exciting field by bringing together film theorists, philosophers, psychologists, andneuroscientists to consider the viability of a scientific approach to our movie experience.
Main Description
Largely through trial and error, filmmakers have developed engaging techniques that capture our sensations, thoughts, and feelings. Philosophers and film theorists have thought deeply about the nature and impact of these techniques, yet few scientists have delved into empirical analyses of our movie experience-or what Arthur P. Shimamura has coined "psychocinematics." This edited volume introduces this exciting field by bringing together film theorists, philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists to consider the viability of a scientific approach to our movie experience.
Main Description
Largely through trial and error, filmmakers have developed engaging techniques that capture our sensations, thoughts, and feelings. Philosophers and film theorists have thought deeply about the nature and impact of these techniques, yet few scientists have delved into empirical analyses of ourmovie experience - or what Arthur P. Shimamura has coined "psychocinematics." This edited volume introduces this exciting field by bringing together film theorists, philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists to consider the viability of a scientific approach to our movie experience.

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