Cognitive Mapping and Radio Drama by Alan Beck - Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Volume 1 Number 2, July 2000

also at http://blackboard.lincoln.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/users/dmeyerdinkgrafe/archive/cog.html
 SECTION 1 - Introduction - Way-finding  SECTION 2 - Previous discussions
 SECTION 3 - Cognitive mapping  SECTION 4 - Referentiality
 SECTION 5 - Phenomenology, Reception theory  SECTION 6 - Perspective
 SECTION 7 - Way-finding in radio drama  SECTION 8 - Problems with radio reception theory
 SECTION 9 - Listener positioning  SECTION 10 - Objects in outline Gestalts
 SECTION 11 - Cognitive mapping in the radio studio  SECTION 12 - Final remarks
 Glossary  Notes
 Works sited - bibliography

KEYWORDS: cognitive mapping, invariants, 'mise en scène', referentiality, 'Umwelt' (environment)

Abstract:

Listening-in to radio drama demands a competence in navigating or orienteering through the fictional 'scenery' which this article investigates via the paradigm of cognitive mapping or mental way-finding. Links are also made to the psychology of perception, particularly in fixed-point perspective, virtual environments and listener positioning.

The article suggests that radio drama scenery and movements offer a sort of abstract geometry of outlines and a flattening of perspective, and that time-space-motion is compressed.

Reception theory is approached through referentiality, phenomenology and ecological anthropology, with some final doubts about theoretical way-finding for the Humanities academic.

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