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Flicker: Your Brain on Movies [Hardcover]

Item : Flicker: Your Brain on Movies [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Zacks, Jeffrey
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0199982872
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780199982875
Publisher Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages Pages : 360
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100400700

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 worldviews--but why?

InFlicker,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 questionsFlickeranswers: Why do we flinch when Rocky takes a punch in Sylvester Stallone's movies, duck when the jet careens towards the tower inAirplane, and tap our toes to the dance numbers inChicagoorMoulin 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 life--and can we always tell the difference? To answer these questions and more,Flickergives us an engaging, fast-paced look at what happens in your head when you watch a movie.

Prologue
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
6. Motion!
7. Cut!
8. Bottlenecks, Spotlights, and Chunks
9. Sleight of Hand
10. Virtual Futures
Epilogue

Jeffrey M. Zacks, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis.

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