Documentary and Cognitive Theory: Narrative, Emotion and Memory

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This article deals with the benefits of using cognitive theory in documentary film studies. The article outlines general aspects of cognitive theory in humanities and social science, however the main focus is on the role of narrative, visual style and emotional dimensions of different types of documentaries. Dealing with cognitive theories of film and media and with memory studies, the article analyses how a cognitive approach to documentaries can increase our under-standing of how documentaries influence us on a cognitive and emotional level and contribute to the forming of our social and cultural imagination. The article analyses case studies of documentaries dealing with climate change and the environment and documentaries dealing with social history.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedia and Communication
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2014

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - documentary theory, cognitive theory, emotion, narrative, memory and history, documentary films

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