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“Flicker: Your Brain On Movies”

Jeffrey Martin Zacks, American psychology educator, member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, and the Cognitive Science Society.

His book, Flicker: Your Brain on Movies, delves into the history of cinema and the latest research to explain what happens in your brain when you sit down in the theatre and the lights go out.

Show Notes:
  • How the brain helps us think perceive and aid us in solving problems
  • Mirror neurons
  • The impact that film has on it’s viewers
  • Mimicking attributes of the brain and how it specifically helps us in daily life
  • Film perception
  • Evoking and implementing cues for specific responses within films
  • “The willing suspension of belief”
  • Kids viewing violent films and how it affects them when they are adults
  • Mindset and engagement
  • Age and films
  • Neuroplasticity
  • The “nimble brain”
  • The brain’s development and how we can shift the way we think in order to retain a greater amount of plasticity
  • Movies and the brain’s correspondence with what we are visualizing
  • “Feeling” what we are viewing
  • Creating plots and narratives that affect your emotion
  • The power of non-analytical effects
  • The documentary “The Social Dilemma”, and Jeff’s views on the way technology is progressing
  • “What are you subscribing to?”
  • Children and social media
  • Reflecting on how we use social media and how it influences our brain and habits

Flicker: Your Brain on Movies

Posted 11.23.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino