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    Dramatic irony: a case study in the mutual benefit of combining social neuroscience with film theory

    Cabañas González, Cynthia and Senju, Atsushi and Smith, Tim J. (2022) Dramatic irony: a case study in the mutual benefit of combining social neuroscience with film theory. Projections 16 (1), pp. 84-104. ISSN 1934-9688.

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    How do we understand the experiences of characters in a movie? Similar to real life, viewers attribute mental states to characters through a process known as Theory of Mind (ToM). Filmmakers commonly use Dramatic Irony, a narrative device where the audience knows something that at least one characters does not. From a social neuroscience perspective, understanding the cognitive mechanisms that underlie dramatic irony can provide a remarkable opportunity to study ToM in a more ecologically relevant context. While descriptive narrative theories of dramatic irony exist, these have never been studied in relation to contemporary social neuroscience. In this opinion piece, we aim to bring together these two traditionally isolated disciplines to propose a cross-disciplinary research roadmap for investigating the social neuroscience of dramatic irony in cinema.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): dramatic irony, film cognition, film studies, neurocinematics, social neuroscience, theory of mind
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Cynthia CABANAS GONZALEZ
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2023 13:06
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:20


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