The cognition of comics: What “comics” can tell us about the mind

Neil CohnUniversity of California, San Diego
David WagnerUniversity of Stavanger-Norway
Tom FoulshamUniversity of Essex
John DruryStony Brook University

Abstract

Drawing is a fundamental aspect of human communicative expression, and sequential images have been used to convey information since at least cave paintings. However, only until recently has increased research turned towards studying the cognition of visual narratives—especially those found in comics. The most examined question about visual narratives has asked: How do readers make meaning out of a sequence of images? Such an inquiry must balance the understanding of meaning within and across individual images, the generation of inferences from such content, and the engagement of such phenomena within the physical layouts of a page, possibly in multimodal interactions.

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