Psychocinematics: Cognition at the Movies

Filmmakers have developed remarkable techniques that drive our senses, thoughts, and emotions. How do movies capture our attention and keep us riveted to the screen? How do they make us laugh, cry, and instill such surprise and fright? Few have approached our movie experience from a scientific perspective—or what I have coined psychocinematics. This volume brings together philosophers, film theorists, psychologists, and brain scientists to explore the viability of a scientific analysis of movies.

Preview/buy the book from

Follow Art's Psychocinematics Facebook page





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

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) [GET PDF]

Shimamura, A. P. (2013). Presenting and analyzing movie stimuli for psychocinematic research. Tutorials in Quantitative Methods in Psychology, 9, 1-5 [GET PDF].

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

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. [GET PDF]

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

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