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Dept of Psychology Distinguished Lecturer Series, Dr. James Cutting, Cornell University, Storytelling in Popular Movies

Friday, March 24, 2017
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Biosciences Complex
Room: 1103
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Storytelling in Popular Movies and its Underlying Psychological Principles

Popular movies grab and hold our attention. One reason is that their stories are culturally important to us, but another is that general narrative formulae have been honed over millennia and that a derived but specific filmic form has been developed and perfected over the last century. The result is a highly effective format that allows rapid processing of complex narratives. Movies also transport us to new mental realms as we exercise theory-of-mind faculties, have our emotions stirred, all the while being entertained. But what are popular movies like? I present a corpus analysis to explore a psychological narratology of popular movies the understanding of their structure and how it impacts us.



Meredith Chivers
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