Neurocinematics and the psychology of film ADED11815

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

In 2008, Hasson et al. suggested that films can affect brain activity, but that this depended on the content, editing and directing style of the film, opening up a new field of research. In this interdisciplinary course we will explore the relationship between psychology and visual storytelling. By introducing the concept of 'neurocinematics' we will explore neurophysiological processes associated with the medium of film, to understand what happens in our brain when we watch films and whether studying the brain can help us in creating more engaging films.


Block 4

Weeks 1-5

Thursday 15:00-17:00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Course Aims

This aims of this course are to:

■ Introduce students to the concept of neurocinematics

■ Develop students' understanding of human perception and cognition in relation to film watching and making, and how these are intertwined

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe the groundbreaking neurocinematic studies by Hasson et al. (2008)

■ Explain how watching film can affect the brain

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits