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Original Research ARTICLE

Front. Syst. Neurosci. | doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2021.598383

The effect of media professionalization on cognitive neurodynamics during audiovisual cuts Provisionally accepted The final, formatted version of the article will be published soon. Notify me

  • 1Neuro-Com Research Group. Audiovisual Communication and Advertising Department, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
  • 2Technological Innovation, Instituto RTVE (Spain), Spain
  • 3Division of Neurosciences, Pablo de Olavide University, Spain

Experts apply their experience to the proper development of their routine activities. Their acquired expertise or professionalization is expected to help in the development of those recurring tasks. Media professionals spend their daily work watching narrative contents on screens, so learning how they manage visual perception of those contents could be of interest in an increasingly audiovisual society. Media works require not only the understanding of the storytelling, but also the decoding of the formal rules and presentations. We recorded electroencephalographic (EEG) signals from 36 participants (18 media professionals and 18 non-media professionals) while they were watching audiovisual contents, and compared their eyeblink rate and their brain activity and connectivity. We found that media professionals decreased their blink rate after the cuts, suggesting that they can better manage the loss of visual information that blinks entail by sparing them when new visual information is being presented. Cuts triggered similar activation of basic brain processing in the visual cortex of the two groups, but different processing in medial and frontal cortical areas, where media professionals showed a lower activity. Effective brain connectivity occurred in a more organized way in media professionals, possibly due to a better communication between cortical areas that are coordinated for decoding new visual content after cuts.

Keywords: neurocinematics, Professionalization, Expertise, connectivity, Visual Perception, Film cuts

Received: 24 Aug 2020; Accepted: 05 Jan 2021.

Copyright: © 2021 Andreu-Sánchez, Martín-Pascual, Gruart and Delgado-García. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Celia Andreu-Sánchez, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Neuro-Com Research Group. Audiovisual Communication and Advertising Department, Barcelona, Spain, celia.andreu@uab.cat