Filmmakers have developed remarkable techniques that drive our senses, thoughts, and emotions. How do movies keep us riveted to the screen? How do they make us laugh, cry, and incite surprise and fear? Few have approached our movie experience from a scientific perspective—or what I have coined psychocinematics. Below are links to Shimamura’s writings that explore science at the movies.

Articles on Psychocinematics

Shimamura, A. P. (2013). Chapter 1: Psychocinematics: Issues and directions .In A. P. Shimamura (Editor), Psychocinematics: Exploring Cognition at the Movies. New York: Oxford University Press, (pp. 1-26).

Shimamura, A. P. (2014). Psychocinematics: Bridging art and science at the movies. Townsend Center for the Humanties, UC Berkeley.

Shimamura, A. P. (2002). Muybridge in motion: Travels in art, psychology, and neurology, History of Photography, 26, 341-350.

Shimamura, A. P., Cohn-Sheehy, B. I. Pogue, B. L., & Shimamura, T. A. (2015). How attention is driven by film edits: A multimodal experience. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9, 417-422. DOI: 10.1037/aca0000025

Shimamura, A. P., Cohn-Sheehy, B. I. & Shimamura, T. A. (2014). Perceiving motion across film edits: A psychocinematic analysis. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8, 77-80, DOI: 10.1037/a0034595

Marian, D. E., & Shimamura, A. P. (2013). Context effects following dynamic facial expressions. American Journal of Psychology, 126, 53–65.

Shimamura, A. P. Marian, D. E., & Haskins, A. L. (2013). Neural correlates of emotional suppression while viewing films. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 7, 77-84.

Anderson, L., & Shimamura, A. P. (2005). Influences of emotion on context memory while viewing film clips. American Journal of Psychology, 118, 323-337.


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