Neuroscience in Science Fiction Films
Publisher: McFarland Books
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-7234-5
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-1800-5
50 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
300pp. softcover (7" x 10") 2014
Purchase Price: $39.95
About the Book
As the gap between science fiction and science fact has narrowed, films that were intended as pure fantasy at the time of their premiere have taken on deeper meaning. This volume continues to explore the connection between psychiatry and popular culture by seeking neuroscience in science fiction films, focusing on neuroscience and psychiatry as running themes in SF and finding correlations between turning points in “neuroscience fiction” and advances in the scientific field.
The films covered include The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Robocop, The Stepford Wives, The Mind Snatchers and iconic franchises like Terminator, Iron Man and Planet of the Apes. Examining the parallel histories of psychiatry, neuroscience and cinema, this book shows how science fiction films offer insightful commentary on the scientific and philosophical developments of their times.
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