Editors' Introduction and Review: Visual Narrative Research: An Emerging Field in Cognitive Science

Neil Cohn*, Joseph P. Magliano

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Drawn sequences of images are among our oldest records of human intelligence, appearing on cave paintings, wall carvings, and ancient pottery, and they pervade across cultures from instruction manuals to comics. They also appear prevalently as stimuli across Cognitive Science, for studies of temporal cognition, event structure, social cognition, discourse, and basic intelligence. Yet, despite this fundamental place in human expression and research on cognition, the study of visual narratives themselves has only recently gained traction in Cognitive Science. This work has suggested that visual narrative comprehension requires cultural exposure across a developmental trajectory and engages with domain-general processing mechanisms shared by visual perception, attention, event cognition, and language, among others. Here, we review the relevance of such research for the broader Cognitive Science community, and make the case for why researchers should join the scholarship of this ubiquitous but understudied aspect of human expression.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalTopics in Cognitive Science
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Cognitive science
  • Visual narratives
  • Discourse
  • Cognition
  • EVENT-RELATED POTENTIALS
  • PICTURE ARRANGEMENT SUBTEST
  • CONSTITUENT STRUCTURE
  • NEURAL EVIDENCE
  • COMPREHENSION
  • LANGUAGE
  • INFERENCES
  • CHILDREN
  • MODEL
  • REPRESENTATIONS

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