This research aims to develop a theory and a model for analysing media experiences, considered as living and lived, embodied, situated forms of social experience.
The approach starts from a semiotic and culturological background, but gathers many hints from phenomenological reflection and takes into account the latest results of cognitive neuroscience. See in particular my book Semiotica dei media. Le forme dell’esperienza, summarized in the paper A Semiotic Theory of Media Experience, and the Introduction to Ruggero Eugeni & Adriano D’Aloia (eds), Neurofilmology. Audiovisual Studies and the Challenge of Neurosciences (2014). An unpdated version of these papers has been published in French dans la Révue en ligne ¿ Interrogations ? n. 27, 2019, avec le titre “La neurofilmologie. Une théorie pragmatique de l’audiovisuel en dialogue avec les sciences neurocognitives”
More recently, within the context of Neurofilmology I started funded research on the topic Time perception and performativity in audiovisual experiences: editing, camera movements, action and narrative manipulations. A neurofilmological approach (Prin project 2015 Perception, Performativity, and Cognitive Sciences). For papers, presentations and news about the research advancements, please see the Milano Unit research site.
It Doesn’t Seem_It, But It Is. A Neurofilmological Approach to the Subjective Experience of Moving-Image Time
Abstract: This article illustrates the ﬁrst steps of a research project concerning the “Subjective Experience and Estimation of Moving-Image Time” (SEEM_IT). After introducing the theoretical background of the research, that links time perception to the embodied experience of movement, the article presents the main empirical results of an experiment aimed at assessing how spectators’ time perception is affected by the style of editing and the type of represented action in short video clips. Though the style of editing played a major role in inﬂuencing SEEM_IT, it also signiﬁcantly interacted with the type of represented action. The article reassesses these ﬁndings by discussing them within the theoretical framework of the research.
Keywords: Time perception · Film experience · Neuroﬁlmology · Duration estimation · Time passage · Editing · Action
What Time Is In? Subjective Experience and Evaluation of Moving Image Time
Article published in Reti, saperi, linguaggi – Italian Journal of Cognitive Sciences, 1/2018, January-June, pp. 81-96, DOI: 10.12832/90973
This is the first article deriving from the project Time perception and performativity in audiovisual experiences: editing, camera movements, action and narrative manipulations. A neurofilmological approach (Prin project 2015 Perception, Performativity, and Cognitive Sciences). This paper sketches the main lines and introduces the first results of my theoretical and empirical research set within the framework of Neurofilmology and focused on the Subjective Experience and Evaluation of Moving Image Time (SEEM_ IT).
La neurofilmologie. Une théorie pragmatique de l’audiovisuel en dialogue avec les sciences neurocognitives
Tags: Film Theory, Cognitive neurosciences, Semiotics, Pragmatics, Semiopragmatics
Neurofilmology. Film Studies and the Challenge of Neurosciences
by Adriano D’Aloia and Ruggero Eugeni. Introduction to the Special Issue #22 of the Journal Cinéma et Cie, Spring-Winter 2014
Tags: film theory; film semiotics; cognitive neurosciences; neurofilmology; story and discourse;
A Semiotic Theory of Media Experience
Paper presented with the title “Media Experiences and practices of analysis. For a critical pragmatics of media” at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) International Workshop “Practicing Theory”, University of Amsterdam, March 2-4, 2011
tags: semiotics; media; consciousness; experience; situated cognition; embodiment; media studies;