Analog versus digital: How human perception adapts to new film aesthetics

Loertscher, Miriam Laura; Weibel, David; Flueckiger, Barbara; Spiegel, Simon; Mennel, Pierre; Mast, Fred W.; Groner, Rudolf; Iseli, Christian (19 August 2015). Analog versus digital: How human perception adapts to new film aesthetics (Unpublished). In: 18th European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM). Vienna, Austria. 16.-21.08.2015.

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The digital revolution changed film production in many ways. But so far, nobody has com- pared complete narrative films captured with analog and digital cinematography empir- ically. In two cinema experiments (356 participants in experiment 1, 137 participants in experiment 2), we tested whether digital and analog recording methods are perceived dif- ferently. Eye tracking analysis of 67 participants was carried out to compare the perception of typical film scenes. The two capturing technologies produced similar emotional and im- mersive experiences during digital projection. The study revealed significant differences in the memory of visual details with higher recall scores for the digitally captured versions. Moreover, the mechanical projection of celluloid film produced higher levels of emotional reactions. New possibilities of analyzing film perception are discussed.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Loertscher, Miriam Laura, Weibel, David, Mast, Fred, Groner, Rudolf


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
700 Arts > 770 Photography & computer art


[4] Swiss National Science Foundation




Miriam Laura Loertscher

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05 Aug 2016 11:28

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 14:57

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Thematic session: Eye movements in new media and film




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