In this seventh episode of the bodymindself™ podcast psychologist and cognitive scientist John Francis Leader (JFL) meets psychologist Dr Brendan Rooney to discuss the psychology of media and entertainment.
Dr Brendan Rooney’s research interests include how cognitive and emotional processes interact in the context of media, arts and entertainment. He has a strong interest in research design, methods and analysis and teaches on the research methods and statistics modules in the UCD School of Psychology where he also heads up the Media + Entertainment Lab.
Through his research and teaching Dr Brendan Rooney has worked on a number of interdisciplinary and international research teams, with creative and entertainment industry experts (such as animators, filmmakers, and designers), philosophers, computer scientists and engineers, film and humanities scholars, and cognitive neuroscientists.
Dr Brendan Rooney has previously lectured in the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, the National College of Art and Design, and the National Film School. He founded and and is former chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Special Interest Group for Media, The Arts and Cyberpsychology, and he is a member of the Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image.
The bodymindself™ podcast is an ongoing series of conversations between JFL and others on the topics of applied psychology and cognitive science, experiential learning, perception, virtual and mixed reality, embodiment, mental processes and identification.
The aim of the series is to include the voices of people from very diverse backgrounds, ranging from academia to those working on the frontline in applied fields, with the hope of gaining an even greater systematic understanding of the topics being explored. All references and views expressed are those of the person who expressed them and not necessarily those of JFL.
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- Psychological Society of Ireland
- Special Interest Group for Media, Art & Cyberpsychology (PSI SIGMAC)
- Professor Ciarán Benson’s work
- Seamus Heaney Lectures at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra: Seymour Papert
- The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier, Dan Sperber
- How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, Lisa Feldman Barrett
- Situation model, cognitive representation, mental model
- Mental model general reading, Wikipedia article
- Bower, G. H., & Morrow, D. G. (1989). Mental Models in Narrative Comprehension. Science, 247(4), 44–48.
- Swallow, K. M., Barch, D. M., Head, D., Maley, C. J., Holder, D., & Zacks, J. M. (2011). Changes in Events Alter How People Remember Recent Information. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(5), 1052–1064.
- Zwaan, R. (1999). Situation Models: The Mental Leap Into Imagined Worlds. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 8(1), 15–18.
- Zwaan, R. A., Langston, M. C., & Graesser, A. C. (1995). The construction of situation models in narrative comprehension: An event-indexing model. Psychological Science, 6(5), 292–297.
- Research by Dr Brendan Rooney
- University College Dublin
- Watching More Closely: Shot Scale Affects Film Viewers’ Theory of Mind Tendency but not Ability, Brendan Rooney and Katalin Bálint
- Viewer versus Film: Exploring interaction effects of immersion and cognitive stance on HR and self-report of viewers of short films, Rooney, B., Hennessy E., & Bálint, K
- Actually in the cinema: A field study comparing real 3D and 2D movie patrons’ attention, emotion and film satisfaction; Rooney, Brendan; Hennessy, Eilis
- Theory of mind
- VR cafe research by Dr Brendan Rooney
- Optical illusions
- Jurassic Park (1993)
- Dual process model
- The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Entertainment is Emotion: The Functional Architecture of the Entertainment Experience, Eduard Sioe-Hao Tan
- Matt Bezdek, Georgia Tech
- The Function of Fiction is the Abstraction and Simulation of Social Experience, Raymond A. Mar, Keith Oatley
- Studies by Dr Brendan Rooney et al comparing 2D and 3D films
- Katalin E. Bálint, Tilburg University
- The Wire (2002-2008)
- Experiential learning, David Kolb’s work
- Situation model – Book vs Film
- The Uncanny Valley, Masahiro Mori
- Visual adaptation: eyes moved slowly apart
- Impossible Puzzle Films: A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Complex Cinema, Miklós Kiss, Steven Willemsen
- Memento (2000)
- Looper (2012)
- Video games
- Is video game violence bad? British Psychological Society
- Much Ado About Something: Violent Video Game Effects and a School of Red Herring: Reply to Ferguson and Kilburn (2010) Brad J. Bushman, Hannah R. Rothstein, Craig A. Anderson
- Twenty-Five Years of Research on Violence in Digital Games and Aggression Empirical Evidence, Perspectives, and a Debate Gone Astray (2013) Malte Elson, Christopher J. Ferguson
- Mario, Nintendo
- Tomb Raider
- VR/AR/MR tech examples
- Holodeck, Star Trek
- Are You Living in a Computer Simulation? by Nick Bostrom
- The Matrix (1999)
- Betty Crocker’s Egg
- Thomas Parsons, University of North Texas
- IADT: Institute of Art, Design + Technology
- Dr Brendan Rooney on Twitter
- Media + Entertainment Lab at the UCD Psychology Department on Twitter
- Media + Entertainment Lab at the UCD Psychology Department on Facebook
- Controlling emotions: movies & (virtual) reality – TEDx talk by Dr Brendan Rooney