The meaning is the message: an inquiry into new media, cognition, and reflective imagination

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    Do new media affect cognition and, more specifically the cognitive process of reflective imagination, the process which underlies the artistic experience? This thesis first gives a historical overview and points out how highly regarded media studies scholars predict in a utopian or dystopian tradition major effects of new media technologies on innate cognitive processes. But are these assumptions at all possible from a contemporary cognitive science perspective? Drawing on the research of, among others, Antonio Damasio and Merlin Donald, The Meaning Is the Message: An Inquiry into New Media, Cognition, and Reflective Imagination critically analyses these assumptions and studies cases on film and digital media.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Groningen
    • van Heusden, Barend, Supervisor
    • Hanich, Julian, Co-supervisor
    Award date20-Nov-2014
    Place of Publication[S.l.]
    Print ISBNs978-90-367-7438-3
    Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-7437-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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