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The Neuroscience Behind Watching Movies

1/04/2013 6:58 AM Eastern

The Credits delves into the new field of neurocinematic studies, in which neuroscientists explore how experiencing movies affects different parts of the brain. They write, "'Movies are highly complex, multidimensional stimuli,' said Uri Hasson, a neuroscientist and psychologist at Princeton University. 'Some areas of the brain analyze sound bites, some analyze word context, some the sentence content, music, emotional aspect, color or motion.' Just as many people must come together to work on different elements of a movie’s script, score, visuals or costumes, he explained, so many areas of the brain must also be engaged in processing those disparate elements."

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