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)
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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