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The Empathic Screen: Cinema and Neuroscience

Vittorio Gallese and Michele Guerra


Why do people go to the movies? What does it mean to watch a movie? To what extent does our perception of the fictional nature of movies differ from our daily perception of the real world? The authors, a neuroscientist and a film theorist, propose a new multidisciplinary approach to images and film that can provide answers to these questions. According to the authors, film art, based on the interaction between spectators and the world on the screen, and often described in terms of immersion, impressions of reality, simulation, and involvement of the spectator’s body in the fictitious world he ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, embodied simulation, empathy, film style, film theory, mirror neurons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793533
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vittorio Gallese, author
Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Medicine and Surgery, Unit of Neuroscience. University of Parma, Italy

Michele Guerra, author
Professor of Film Theory, University of Parma, Italy