Into the Film with Music: Measuring Eyeblinks to Explore the Role of Film Music in Emotional Arousal and Narrative Transportation

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter


In this chapter, we explore whether eyeblinks can be used as a measurement
of spectators’ narrative transportation into a cinematic narrative. In our
experiment, we show that spectators’ eyeblinks increase when watching
film clips together with what might be called congruent music. Increased
eyeblinks indicate an emotional arousal that motivates attention, which
in turn is a prerequisite for narrative transportation. Hence, our thesis is
that a specific interaction between film and music facilitates and increases
narrative transportation in cinematic narratives. Indeed, eyeblinks might be
an effective method for answering deeper questions about the captivating
audiovisual experience that is film.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Studies on Film
  • Human Aspects of ICT


  • eye tracking film music, film music, narrative transportation, film music and emotions
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeeing into Screens: Eye Tracking and the Moving Image
EditorsTessa Dwyer, Claire Perkins, Sean Redmond, Jodi Sita
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Print)9781501329029
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 25
Publication categoryResearch

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