Universal Journal of Psychology Vol. 3(5), pp. 147 - 152
DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2015.030503
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How Cinema Sounds Affect the Perception of a Motion Picture


Andreas G. Anestis 1,2,*, Christos A. Gousios 1
1 Department of Film Studies, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
2 Division of Technology and Science, The American College of Thessaloniki, Greece

ABSTRACT

The object of the present study was to investigate the effects of sound on the perception of motion pictures by film viewers. For this purpose, we selected a sequence from the film "Elephant" (G. Van Sant, 2003) and composed two alternative soundtracks. The three different versions of the sequence (one with the original soundtrack and two with the alternative ones) were screened to 51 adult students (mean age 21.3 y.o.), who answered a series of questions after each screening. We concluded that different soundtracks change the perception of the audience mainly concerning the recognition of the film gender and the emotions that the viewers develop while watching the sequence. Moreover, the sound-design can possibly create visual illusions when the source of sound is shown on screen. Finally, factors like the sex and the field of studies seemed to differentiate our results, thus revealing their potential effect on the viewer's perception.

KEYWORDS
Motion Pictures, Viewers' Perception, Psychoacoustics, Sound Design

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Andreas G. Anestis , Christos A. Gousios , "How Cinema Sounds Affect the Perception of a Motion Picture," Universal Journal of Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 147 - 152, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2015.030503.

(b). APA Format:
Andreas G. Anestis , Christos A. Gousios (2015). How Cinema Sounds Affect the Perception of a Motion Picture. Universal Journal of Psychology, 3(5), 147 - 152. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2015.030503.