The Matter of Vision

The Matter of Vision

Affective Neurobiology & Cinema
Peter Wyeth
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/27/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-861-96712-4
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Cinematic analysis has often supported the notion that cinema can be understood by drawing parallels with language. Peter Wyeth contends that this analytical framework often fails to consider the fundamental fact of cinema’s visual nature. In The Matter of Vision, Wyeth seeks to redress this oversight by grounding his analysis in neuroscience and evolutionary biology, finding herein the potential for a qualitatively superior understanding of the cinematic medium.

Author Bio

Peter Wyeth is a filmmaker with over 40 years of experience and is recognized internationally for his documentaries.


“The book has (an) important overlap with what some of the brightest people in computational neuroscience are saying - that there is a 'third way' for brains to work that is not connectionist or language symbol manipulation but something more pictorial that we should all have known about but has been missed. (Wyeth may have to be) content that just a few people may find it rather exciting, (but) what I particularly like about the book is that it points us in a direction with huge scope.April 2015”
 — Journal of Consciousness Studies

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