Vittorio Gallese's latest interdisciplinary connection: mirror neurons and cinema. Why is it that we become so immersed when watching a film? What goes on inside our brains to create this empathetic connection with the screen?
The basic question behind the investigation is what makes film such a compelling art form. What is happening in the spectator's brain while watching images flicker on a screen to sound? Why are we so emotionally invested -- and even transformed?