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Into the Film with Music : Measuring Eyeblinks to Explore the Role of Film Music in Emotional Arousal and Narrative Transportation

By Ann-Kristin Wallengren and Alexander Strukelj


In this chapter, we explore whether eyeblinks can be used as a measurementof spectators’ narrative transportation into a cinematic narrative. In ourexperiment, we show that spectators’ eyeblinks increase when watchingfilm clips together with what might be called congruent music. Increasedeyeblinks indicate an emotional arousal that motivates attention, whichin turn is a prerequisite for narrative transportation. Hence, our thesis isthat a specific interaction between film and music facilitates and increasesnarrative transportation in cinematic narratives. Indeed, eyeblinks might bean effective method for answering deeper questions about the captivatingaudiovisual experience that is film

Topics: Filmvetenskap, Mänsklig interaktion med IKT, eye tracking film music, film music, narrative transportation, film music and emotions
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Year: 2018
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