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"Flicker: Your Brain on Movies" public talk

Prof Jeff Zacks, Washington University, St Louis, will be giving a public talk “Flicker: Your Brain on Movies” onwhat the latest neuroscience research can tell us about how we experience moving images, and how filmmakers have learned to take advantage of the tricks our minds are already playing on us in real life.

“One of the striking things about understanding movies is that you come into the theatre with the brain that evolved over three-and-a-half billion years to understand the real world and, for the most part, your brain just treats what it’s seeing on the screen as if it were real. Our brains didn’t evolve to watch movies. Movies evolved to take advantage of the brains we have.”

“If you start listening to filmmakers talk about what they’re doing or reading editing manuals, you quickly realize that there’s a hundred years of lore that’s captured in current filmmaking practice about perception and memory and emotion.”

Prof Zacks is coming to Otago for a conference on computational neuroscience of event cognition, and will give a public lecture on his rather more accessible movie work at

5.30pm Monday 12 February

St David St Lecture Theatre

Free/no booking required

You can see a poster for his talk here.