Cognitive Theory and Documentary Film

  • Catalin Brylla
  • Mette Kramer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Mediation of Realities

  3. Character Engagement

  4. Emotions and Embodied Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Veerle Ros, Jennifer M. J. O’Connell, Miklós Kiss, Annelies van Noortwijk
      Pages 223-242
  5. Documentary Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Karen Pearlman
      Pages 303-319
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 321-343

About this book


This groundbreaking edited collection is the first major study to explore the intersection between cognitive theory and documentary film studies, focusing on a variety of formats, such as first-person, wildlife, animated and slow TV documentary, as well as docudrama and web videos. Documentaries play an increasingly significant role in informing our cognitive and emotional understanding of today’s mass-mediated society, and this collection seeks to illuminate their production, exhibition, and reception. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the essays draw on the latest research in film studies, the neurosciences, cultural studies, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and the philosophy of mind. With a foreword by documentary studies pioneer Bill Nichols and contributions from both theorists and practitioners, this volume firmly demonstrates that cognitive theory represents a valuable tool not only for film scholars but also for filmmakers and practice-led researchers.


Cognitive Theory media production intra-textuality documentary neuroscience psychology character editing

Editors and affiliations

  • Catalin Brylla
    • 1
  • Mette Kramer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of West LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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