Static and dynamic visual narratives, by brain and by eye


Narrative has been studied for millennia, though recent attention in the cognitive sciences has turned towards visual narratives like those found in comics (Cohn, 2013a) and films (Zacks, 2014). Most agree that the basic principles guiding comprehension involve principles that extend across the verbal and visual domains (Cohn, 2013b; Gernsbacher, 1990; Magliano & Zacks, 2011). However, visual units of narrative—both drawn and moving—demand different affordances to retrieve and integrate information. [...] This symposium highlights this growing field within the cognitive sciences. First, the presentations focus on visual narratives of both types: static, drawn narratives, and dynamic, moving ones. Second, they split their focus between eye-tracking and cognitive neuroscience. Together, these presentations will highlight the relevance of visual narratives for studying many facets of cognition, including attention, events, narrative, and discourse.

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