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    Audio facilitates the perception of cinematic continuity by first-time viewers

    Ildirar, S. and Levin, D.T. and Schwan, S. and Smith, Tim J. (2017) Audio facilitates the perception of cinematic continuity by first-time viewers. Perception 47 (3), pp. 276-295. ISSN 0301-0066.

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    Previous studies concluded that first-time film viewers often had difficulty integrating shots into a coherent representation of the depicted events in the absence of a familiar action through the film cuts or a salient eye-gazing of a character in the film. In this study, we investigated whether diegetic sound (i.e., sound that seems to originate from the depicted cinematic space) could effectively bridge shots for first-time viewers. Across a range of films, both dialog, and salient environmental sound (e.g., barking dogs) helped first-time viewers connect shots. However, sound was not always successful in supporting first-time viewers’ interpretations. While experienced viewers were able to understand less-familiar linking sounds and environments, first-time viewers found this difficult. Overall, a range of diegetic sounds helped first-time viewers understand spatiotemporal relations between shots, but these viewers still had difficulty integrating views of unfamiliar environments.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): continuity perception, film literacy, first-time viewers, diegetic sound, role of audio
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 14:14
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:38


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