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Enactive cinema paves way for understanding complex real-time social interaction in neuroimaging experiments
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2012 (English)In: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, ISSN 1662-5161, Vol. 6, 298- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We outline general theoretical and practical implications of what we promote as enactive cinema for the neuroscientific study of online socio-emotional interaction. In a real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) setting, participants are immersed in cinematic experiences that simulate social situations. While viewing, their physiological reactions - including brain responses - are tracked, representing implicit and unconscious experiences of the on-going social situations. These reactions, in turn, are analysed in real-time and fed back to modify the cinematic sequences they are viewing while being scanned. Due to the engaging cinematic content, the proposed setting focuses on living-by in terms of shared psycho-physiological epiphenomena of experience rather than active coping in terms of goal-oriented motor actions. It constitutes a means to parametrically modify stimuli that depict social situations and their broader environmental contexts. As an alternative to studying the variation of brain responses as a function of a priori fixed stimuli, this method can be applied to survey the range of stimuli that evoke similar responses across participants at particular brain regions of interest.

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2012. Vol. 6, 298- p.
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media technology, neuroscience, fMRI, cinema
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-17211DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00298ISI: 000311227000001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84871258431OAI: diva2:560970
Available from: 2012-11-01 Created: 2012-10-16 Last updated: 2014-12-22Bibliographically approved

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