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The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

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Wednesday, June 14 • 09:30 - 10:30
LP Eliot Bessette. Fear without Empathy and Empathy with Fear

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In this presentation I argue against the standard picture of empathy in horror films: that audiences tend to empathize with the fear of psychologically rich and morally positive characters. Instead I propose that the preponderance of scary scenes in horror films elicit non-empathetic fear in audiences. Audiences are most apt to empathize with characters’ fear when it occurs in unfrightening scenes in non-horror films. I note briefly in conclusion that audiences may empathize with horror film character feelings other than fear, like sadness or love.

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Eliot Bessette

University of California, Berkeley
Eliot Bessette is a doctoral candidate in Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley. He is writing a dissertation, “Thinking Through Fear in Film and Haunts,” which argues that horror films and haunted house attractions offer unique and visceral opportunities for... Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 09:30 - 10:30 EEST
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki