Embodied Cognition and Cinema

Maarten Coëgnarts (Editor), Peter Kravanja (Editor),

Category: Media and Visual Culture, Philosophy

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462700284

Publication date: July 31, 2015

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The impact of the embodied cognition thesis on the scientific study of film.
The embodied cognition thesis claims that cognitive functions cannot be understood without making reference to the interactions between the brain, the body, and the environment. The meaning of abstract concepts is grounded in concrete experiences. This book is the first edited volume to explore the impact of the embodied cognition thesis on the scientific study of film. A team of scholars analyse the main aspects of film (narrative, style, music, sound, time, the viewer, emotion, perception, ethics, the frame, etc.) from an embodied perspective. By combining insights from various disciplines such as cognitive film theory, conceptual metaphor theory, and cognitive neuroscience, they show how the process of meaning-making in film is embodied and how empathy and embodied simulation play a role in understanding the way in which the viewer interacts with the film.

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Foreword by Mark Johnson, Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon.

FOREWORD
Mark Johnson

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

FILM AS AN EXEMPLAR OF BODILY MEANING-MAKING
Maarten Coëgnarts and Peter Kravanja

PART I FILM FORM AND EMBODIED COGNITION

FILM NARRATIVE AND EMBODIED COGNITION: THE IMPACT OF IMAGE SCHEMAS ON NARRATIVE FORM
Miklós Kiss

EMBODIED VISUAL MEANING IN FILM
Maarten Coëgnarts and Peter Kravanja

FILM MUSIC AS EMBODIMENT
Juan Chattah

PART II CINEMATIC EMPATHY: ON EMBODIED SIMULATION MECHANISMS AND THE VIEWER

THE FLOATING WORLD: FILM NARRATIVE AND VIEWER DIAKRISIS
Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski

MODES OF ACTION AT THE MOVIES, OR RE-THINKING FILM STYLE FROM THE EMBODIED PERSPECTIVE
Michele Guerra

ART IN NOISE: AN EMBODIED SIMULATION ACCOUNT OF CINEMATIC SOUND DESIGN
Mark S. Ward

THE CHARACTER’S BODY AND THE VIEWER: CINEMATIC EMPATHY AND EMBODIED SIMULATION IN THE FILM EXPERIENCE
Adriano D’Aloia

PART III FROM EMBODIED MEANING TO ABSTRACT THOUGHT

FILMS AND EMBODIED METAPHORS OF EMOTION
María J. Ortiz

EMBODIED CINEMATIC SUBJECTIVITY: METAPHORICAL AND METONYMICAL MODES OF CHARACTER PERCEPTION IN FILM
Maarten Coëgnarts and Peter Kravanja

ON THE EMBODIMENT OF TEMPORAL MEANING IN CINEMA: PERCEIVING TIME THROUGH THE CHARACTER’S EYES
Maarten Coëgnarts and Peter Kravanja

EMBODIED ETHICS AND CINEMA: MORAL ATTITUDES FACILITATED BY CHARACTER PERCEPTION
Maarten Coëgnarts and Peter Kravanja

COGNITIVE SEMIOTICS REVISITED: REFRAMING THE FRAME
Warren Buckland

NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
FILMOGRAPHY
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
INDEX

Maarten Coëgnarts

Maarten Coëgnarts holds a PhD in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp.

Peter Kravanja

Peter Kravanja is a Research Fellow at KU Leuven.

'An exciting volume because it utilizes the tools of embodied cognition to explain the power of cinema to enact meaning, to realize value, and to transform our lives.'
Mark Johnson, Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon

'A very coherent, useful and strong theoretical contribution to cognitive film studies, edited and written by a highly qualified team of scholars.'
Ib Bondebjerg, Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen

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