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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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Monday, June 12 • 14:00 - 15:00
LP John Bateman, Janne Kauttonen, Chiao-I Tseng and Pia Tikka. Textual analysis of event patterns and neural functions of narrative constructions in film

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In this paper we present the results of a collaborative project between Applied Linguistics at Bremen University and NeuroCine research group at Aalto University, Helsinki. In particular, we address the two hypotheses that: 1. fine-grained textual event descriptions in film are predictive of measurable neurological responses correlated not only with lower-level audio-visual stimuli, but also potentially with higher-level narrative construction, and 2. neurological responses can be used to constrain and guide selection of alternative filmic textual analyses and to refine the descriptive framework. 

In the talk, we will show the collaborative results of a detailed multi-method Memento analysis. The brain data was gathered by applying a free-viewing experiment design to study brain responses while subjects were watching the film and particular event windows were defined according to the predictions of the discourse model.


Janne Kauttonen

researcher, Aalto & Carnegie Mellon University
I am a physicist by training, but my current research interests are in neuroscience, machine learning and data-analysis. I spend most of my time tinkering with various types of data.
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Chiao-I Tseng

Bremen University
Chiao-I Tseng is a research fellow at the University of Bremen, Germany. She is the author of the book Cohesion in Film: Tracking Film Element (2013, Palgrave) and several journal articles and book chapters on the empirical film analysis of textual coherence, authorship, genre, digital... Read More →

Monday June 12, 2017 14:00 - 15:00 EEST
A-305 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki