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

Call for Papers

By Carl Plantinga

Below is an announcement I’m posting for Lisa Zunshine. –Carl Plantinga Members of the SCSMI are invited to submit abstracts to the first online conference to be hosted on the MLA Commons platform (for the cfp click here: ). … more . . .

Cfp “Consciousness”

By Michele Guerra

Dear all, Please find below the link to the Cfp of the Italian film journal “Fata Morgana” (as you enter the website, click on “Preview”). The new issue will be on “Consciousness”. Best, Michele  

Emotions in Contemporary TV Series (2016)

By Hector J. Perez

Dear SCSMI-colleagues, I’m happy to announce the recent publication of the book “Emotions in Contemporary TV Series (2016)”, edited by Alberto Nahum García, London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Link: This edited collection offers a wide range of essays showcasing current … more . . .

Attention and Film Narrative

By Art Shimamura

Two recent empirical papers concerning the influence of film narrative on attentional process may be of interest: Cohen, A-L., Shavalian, E., & Rube, M. (2015). The power of the picture: How narrative film captures attention and disrupts goal pursuit. PloS … more . . .