The intangible ground: A neurophenomenology of the film experience

Adriano D'Aloia

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The vivid and engaging nature of the audiovisual experience, particularly in character-driven narrative films, is specifically functional to the creation of a relationship between the spectator and the world of the film based on the perception of observed intentional actions. This essay explores the idea that the film spectator experiences a tangible relationship with the filmic objects, subjects, and environments by simulating the character’s actions and bodily postures. The hypothesis is evaluated in a theoretical neurophenomenological framework, with the aim of rethinking film spectatorship in the light of a perspective created by combining the results of neurocognitive and neurophysiological experiments with a phenomenological interpretation of the human experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Embodied simulation
  • Film experience
  • Mirror Neurons
  • Phenomenology
  • Science fiction


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