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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 • 11:30 - 12:00
SP Ed Tan and Katalin Bálint. The phenomenology of characterisation. From social cognition of real persons to the construction of fictional human-like figures in narrative.

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This study explored how fictional characters appear in the narrative experience, and what personal meanings are attributed to them by audience members. We were particularly interested in absorbed moments of character engagement, i.e. memorable and impactful experiences. We conducted an empirical study aiming to bring to light the experience of characters reported by readers and viewers of narrative, while they reconstructed their engagement in prompted open interviews. Twenty-five participants were recruited who had a background expected to help provide us with rich descriptions of, and in-depth insight into their experiences with fictional narratives. In this presentation we introdcue the findings of the qualitative analysis: absorbed moments of character engagement are prolonged, agentive and motivated to seek depth and personally important meaning in characters in order to arrive at a most satisfactory comprehension, feeling and appreciation.

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Katalin Bálint

Assistant Professor, Tilburg University
Katalin Bálint is an assistant professor at Tilburg University (NL) in New Media Design. She was a postdoc researcher at Utrecht University (NL) and after that at University of Augsburg (DE). Her research expertise lies in the domains of psychology, film studies and communication... Read More →

Ed Tan

Affiliate Professor, University of Copenhagen
Ed Tan carried out research in the psychology of film and media. He (co-)authored publications on emotion and cognition in viewers of film, television, players of games and theatre spectators.

Wednesday June 14, 2017 11:30 - 12:00 EEST
A-305 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki