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Author Zunshine, Lisa.

Title Getting inside your head : what cognitive science can tell us about popular culture / Lisa Zunshine.

Imprint Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  801.92 Z87g 2012    ---  Available
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Description xiii, 217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-209) and index.
Contents Culture of greedy mind readers -- I know what you're thinking, Mr. Darcy! -- Sadistic benefactors -- Theaters, hippodromes, and other mousetraps -- Movies : the power of restraint -- Mockumentaries, photography, and stand-up comedy : upping the agony -- Reality TV : humiliation in real time -- Musicals (particularly around 11 pm) -- Painting feelings -- Painting mysteries.
Summary "We live in other people's heads: avidly, reluctantly, consciously, unaware, mistakenly, and inescapably. Our social life is a constant negotiation among what we think we know about each other's thoughts and feelings, what we want each other to think we know, and what we would dearly love to know but don't. Cognitive scientists have a special term for the evolved cognitive adaptation that makes us attribute mental states to other people through observation of their body language; they call it theory of mind. Getting Inside Your Head uses research in theory of mind to look at movies, musicals, novels, classic Chinese opera, stand-up comedy, mock-documentaries, photography, and reality television. It follows Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy as he tries to conceal his anger, Tyler Durden as he lectures a stranger at gunpoint in Fight Club, and Ingrid Bergman as she fakes interest in horse races in Notorious. This engaging book exemplifies the new interdisciplinary field of cognitive cultural studies, demonstrating that collaboration between cognitive science and cultural studies is both exciting and productive."--Jacket.
Subject Psychology and literature.
Cognition and culture.
Popular culture and literature.
Characters and characteristics in literature.
Philosophy and cognitive science.
Characters and characteristics in literature. (OCoLC)fst00852295
Cognition and culture. (OCoLC)fst00866482
Philosophy and cognitive science. (OCoLC)fst01060824
Popular culture and literature. (OCoLC)fst01743936
Psychology and literature. (OCoLC)fst01081551
ISBN 9781421406169 (hdbk. ; acid-free paper)
1421406160 (hdbk. ; acid-free paper)

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