How is it that a patch of flickering light on a wall can produce experiences that engage our imaginations and can feel totally real? From the vertigo of a skydive to the emotional charge of an unexpected victory or defeat, movies give us some of our most vivid experiences and most lasting memories. They reshape our emotions and worldviewsbut why?
In Flicker, Jeff Zacks delves into the history of cinema and the latest research to explain what happens between your ears when you sit down in the theatre and the lights go out. Some of the questions Flicker answers: Why do we flinch when Rocky takes a punch in Sylvester Stallone's movies, duck when the jet careens towards the tower in Airplane, and tap our toes to the dance numbers in Chicago or Moulin Rouge? Why do so many of us cry at the movies? What's the difference between remembering what happened in a movie and what happened in real lifeand can we always tell the difference? To answer these questions and more, Flicker gives us an engaging, fast-paced look at what happens in your head when you watch a movie.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Jeffrey M. Zacks, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Table of Contents
Part I. From Up on a Screen to Inside Your Head
1. Your Brain Wasn't Built for Movies
2. The Movie in Your Head
3. Tearjerkers and Sitcoms
4. How Movies Make Memories
5. The Dark Side
Part II. The Tricks That Make Movies Work
8. Bottlenecks, Spotlights, and Chunks
9. Sleight of Hand
10. Virtual Futures