Remember the gory torture scene in Reservoir Dogs? Expert reveals how ... trends now
Filmmakers have a secret weapon to manipulate our memories and emotions when watching their movies.
Researchers found that tunes are strategically placed throughout films to help viewers recall a scene's actions, characters and finale outcomes.
The torture of a police officer in Reservoir Dogs is accompanied by the upbeat song 'Stuck in the Middle with You' by Stealers Wheel, making it memorable to movie-goers who can recall the violent scene years after.
Psychology experts also found the right music is necessary for trailers as filmmakers only have a few minutes to captivate the audience and convince them their movie is worth watching.
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The torture of a police officer in Reservoir Dogs is accompanied by the upbeat song 'Stuck in the Middle with You' by Stealers Wheel, making it memorable to movie-goers who can recall the violent scene years after
Libby Damjanovic with Lund University wrote in The Conversation that music is a key part of movies and has become 'ingrained in our cinematic experience that we sometimes end up having false memory for it.'
Damjanovic and her team experimented in 2021 on how filmmakers use music to manipulate memories.
Participants viewed a comedic trailer, with one group hearing happy music and another watching the same content to sad music.
The results showed that those who viewed the trailer with sad music or incongruent conditions displayed a recognition memory advantage for visual