What is it about?

This article contributes to the knowledge in neurocinematics by exploring the film analysis through neurophysiological measurements of the spectator while watching movies. Specifically, we study the impact of shot changes by cut on the spectator by using the electroencephalogram reads in the frequency domain. The results show that neuronal reaction patterns are triggered due to the variations of the shots that conform the cut rather than the new shot itself. Also, it is possible to identify differences in these patterns depending on the shot scale and the filming angle variations.

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Why is it important?

The work of film editors has historically been shaped by practical and direct experience. They have always worked based on trial and error and following their intuitions on what the best outcome might be. Through neurocinematics it is possible to learn from the experience accumulated over more than 100 years of practice in the cinematographic art to improve and strengthen our knowledge.


Our research group aims to achieve an in-depth understanding of cinematographic techniques through neuroscience with the purpose to help creators to be more effective making films.

Javier Sanz-Aznar
Universitat de Barcelona

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This page is a summary of: Differentiating types of cinematographic shot changes by cut through an EEG power spectral analysis., Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, July 2023, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/aca0000609.
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