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Flicker: Your Brain on Movies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0199982875
ISBN-10: 0199982872
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Praise for Flicker: Your Brain on Movies
"Zacks is an academic who remembers how to communicate with ordinary people. The more technical passages, which explain how event models underpin so much of our cognition, or how visual processing is actually nothing like taking a picture, aren't heavy going. But at the same time, there are a confidence and precision that reassure us things are not being dumbed down. " --The Guardian


"A thought- provoking look at our relationship with the movies." --Booklist

"An edifying read, perfect for psychology fans and cinephiles alike." --Library Journal

"[A] ground-breaking treatise on how consciousness works... I suggest picking up a copy before you buy your next movie ticket." --Bowling Green Daily News

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How is it that a patch of flickering light on a wall can produce experiences that engage our imaginations and can feel totally real? From the vertigo of a skydive to the emotional charge of an unexpected victory or defeat, movies give us some of our most vivid experiences and lasting memories. They reshape our emotions and worldviews--but why?

In Flicker, Jeff Zacks delves into the history of cinema and the latest research to explain what happens in your head when you sit down in the theatre and the lights go out. Some of the questions Flicker answers: Why do we flinch when Rocky takes a punch in Sylvester Stallone's movies, duck when the jet careens towards the tower in Airplane!, and tap our toes to the dance numbers in Chicago or Moulin Rouge? Why do so many of us cry at the movies? What's the difference between what happened in a movie and what happened in real life--and can we always tell the difference? To answer these questions and more, Flicker gives us an engaging, fast-paced look at the mind's fascinating relationship with the silver screen.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199982872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199982875
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.3 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a really great book for anyone who is interested in movies and the psychology beneath them. Zacks is a prominent cognitive neuroscientist with a love of the mind and of movies. He does a great job of giving straightforward explanations of everything from the way that the brain creates a sense of motion from a series of static pictures to the human ability to perceive continuity in scenes consisting of many cuts.

The book is written for people with little or no background in psychology or neuroscience, but even people in the scientific community will get a lot out of it.
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Zacks is an interesting and insightful cognitive scientist, but the writing is not as peppy as science writing by journalists like Michael Lewis or Steven Johnson. There is less narrative and more emphasis on facts. That said, I have great confidence in Zacks' presentation of the research--I don't think that there will be any Malcolm Gladwell-style backlash, because he is careful and not extravagant in his language. I would recommend this book to people who have some interest in cognitive science, but not to total novices. It is the kind of book that will ask you to think more than just a typical pop psych title, but is written broadly enough to appeal to people who are used to reading about science.
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such a good book. well written and non-experts can easily read. strongly recommend.
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