The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) is an interdisciplinary organization made up of scholars interested in cognitive, philosophical, aesthetic, neurophysiological, and evolutionary-psychological approaches to the analysis of film and other moving-image media. The society is on the forefront of studying how moving-image media shape and are shaped by human psychological activity.

From the Forum

With the past in front of the character

By Maarten Coëgnarts

Dear colleagues, We are pleased to announce that our most recent paper entited “With the Past in Front of the Character: Evidence for Spatial-Temporal Metaphors in Cinema” has been published by Metaphor and Symbol, 30:3, 218-239, 2015. In our previous … more . . .


By Michele Guerra

Dear members, at the link below you find the table of contents and the abstracts from the last issue of Cinéma & Cie. International Film Studies Journal, edited by A. D’Aloia and R. Eugeni and devoted to “Neurofilmology: Audiovisual Studies and the … more . . .

CFP: Digital Aesthetics of Violence, Journal of Popular Film & Television

By Stuart Bender

Hi folks, SCSMI folks may be interested in this CFPs for a special issue of the Journal of Popular Film & Television. Since the advent of digital technologies in cinema, notions of realism, authenticity, and affect have driven theoretical and … more . . .

Film and Empathy: Crossing Perspectives

By Murray Smith

FILM AND EMPATHY: CROSSING PERSPECTIVES 06 June 2015, 16:00 – 18:30 Venue: Room 349 (Third Floor) Senate House, South Block
, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Speakers: Vittorio Gallese (Neuroscience, University of Parma); Murray Smith (Film Theory, University of Kent); Alessandro … more . . .