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Judy Illes

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567219.001.0001

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The mind in the movies: a neuroethical analysis of the portrayal of the mind in popular media

The mind in the movies: a neuroethical analysis of the portrayal of the mind in popular media

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(p.297) Chapter 21 The mind in the movies: a neuroethical analysis of the portrayal of the mind in popular media
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Neuroethics
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Maren Grainger-Monsen

Kim Karetsky

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567219.003.0021

This chapter focuses on one aspect of the media — the film industry — and looks at its effect on the public's perception of how the mind works, both in mental illness and in the neuroscience enhancement technologies that the future holds. It outlines some of the stereotypes of psychiatric illness revealed in popular Hollywood films and highlights the impact that these stereotypes have on both the public and the mentally ill. It examines some of the new independent documentary films addressing mental illness that have been successful in breaking down some of these stereotypes by showing more realistic portrayals of mentally ill patients and families. Finally, it examines how the new frontiers of neuroscience are being portrayed in motion pictures and explore the neuroethical issues that are brought up, as well as questioning the impact that science fiction films have on the public consciousness.

Keywords:   media, motion pictures, mental illness, neuroethics, public perception

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