This volume explores how advances in the fields of evolutionary neuroscience and cognitive psychology are informing media studies with a better understanding of how humans perceive, think and experience emotion within mediated environments. The book highlights interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the production and reception of cinema, television, the Internet and other forms of mediated communication that take into account new understandings of how the embodied brain senses and interacts with its symbolic environment. Moreover, as popular media shape perceptions of the promises and limits of brain science, contributors also examine the representation of neuroscience and cognitive psychology within mediated culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: The Brain on Media 1. Neuromediation: An Ecological Model of Mediated Communication Michael Grabowski 2. Nurturing the Developing Brain of Digital Natives Michael Rich & Farah Qureshi 3. Neurobiology of Teen Brain Development and the Digital Age Jennifer T. Sneider & Marisa M. Silveri 4. Neural Correlates of the Multisensory Film Experience Luis Rocha Antunes 5. The Reverberatory Narrative: Toward Story as a Multisensory Network Dana Coester 6. Embodied Protonarratives Embedded in Systems of Contexts: A Neurocinematic Approach Pia Tikka & Mauri Kaipainen 7. Seeing In, and Out, to the Extended Mind through an EEG Analysis of Page and Screen Reading Robert C. MacDougall 8. On the Origins of Propaganda: Bio-Cultural and Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Cohesion Bob Schapiro & Stanley H. Ambrose Part II: Media on the Brain 9. Mind Control in Hollywood Steven Gibson 10. "My Brain Made Me Do It!": Neuroscience, Criminal Justice, and Media Emilia Musumeci 11. The Golden Voice of Neuroscience: Fact Finding in Western Buddhist Media Jenell Johnson 12. Mindful Media: Representations of the Effects of Mindfulness on the Brain in YouTube Videos Andrée E. C. Betancourt & Elise E. Labbé 13. Selling the Brain: Representation of Neuroscience in Advertising Celia Andreu-Sánchez and Miguel Ángel Martín-Pascual 14. Braining Your Life and Living Your Brain: The Cyborg Gaze and Brain-Images Alexander I. Stingl
Michael Grabowski is an Associate Professor of Communication at Manhattan College. His work explores how different forms of mediated communication shape the way people think and act within their symbolic environment. He has won two Emmy Awards and has worked on documentaries, feature films, commercials, music videos, and news.