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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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Sunday, June 11 • 14:45 - 15:45
KEYNOTE by Dr Lauri Nummenmaa: Emotions, cinema and the Brain

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Emotions promote our well-being in different survival-salient situations. They are typically triggered by biologically relevant signals such as threats and physical harm or rewards including food consumption or social interaction. However, also abstract and “simulated” threats and pleasures such as love stories and horror shown in films can trigger strong subjective feelings in the viewers.  In my talk I present an overview on brain mechanisms supporting human emotions, and discuss how we can use cinema for studying the emotional brain. I discuss how viewing emotions in films makes individuals to “tune in” with each other, and how specific neurotransmitter systems in the brain govern out vicarious experience of the emotions we see in movies.  Finally, I propose that humans enjoy engaging in strong, even negative, emotional movies because this provides safe means for preparing to meet the actual emotion-eliciting events in real life. 

Guest Speaker
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Lauri Nummenmaa

Associate professor, Turku PET Centre
I lead the Human Emotion Systems laboratory at Turku PET Centre and Department of Psychology, University of Turku. Our goal is to unravel the neurochemical and functional mechanisms that support human emotions, as well as their dysfunction in different psychiatric and neurological... Read More →

Sunday June 11, 2017 14:45 - 15:45 EEST
Aalto Big Hall, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (1st floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki