The Journal for Movies and Mind
SCSMI - leading the study of how moving-image media shape and are shaped by human psychological activity
The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) is an interdisciplinary organization made up of scholars interested in cognitive, philosophical, aesthetic, neurophysiological, and evolutionary-psychological approaches to the analysis of film and other moving-image media.
Membership in SCSMI is now handled by the association directly. Please visit the SCSMI website to join as a new member, to renew your membership, or to register for SCSMI annual meetings.
Members of SCSMI seek to understand, among other things, the ways in which these media arouse our senses, stir our emotions, and prod us to thought. They explore how conceptions of social organization and human nature find their way into films, television, videogames, and online videos. Their research seeks to explain the power of movies over audiences; what popular films tell us about the ways our minds work; and how documentaries and avant-garde films engage us. How may media products bear the traces of social intelligence and evolved capacities? What philosophical issues are at stake in examining media from a psychological perspective? These are just some of the questions pursued by SCSMI members in their own research, at SCSMI conferences, and in the pages of Projections. The gatherings are lively; the research articles are deeply informed and consistently provocative.
We invite all people interested in understanding media from a broadly cognitive perspective to join us in exploring the range and depth of the moving image.
Membership benefits of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image include:
- Print subscription* with online access to Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind (winner of the 2008 PROSE award for Best New Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences). Once you've renewed your SCSMI membership, issues will be mailed to you as they release; for full online access to current and back issues activate your access any time after you have renewed. Activate my online access to Projections
- The opportunity to submit proposals to annual SCSMI conferences, which alternate between North American and European locations. All presenters at the annual meetings must be members of SCSMI;
- Reduced registration to the annual SCSMI conference;
- Regular email newsletter with notices and information about professional issues of interest to scholars and students of film and media.
*Please note that as of 2012, SCSMI membership enrollment will be on anytime/rolling start basis with members receiving a print copy of the next available issue of Projections. Online access will include all previous issues in their electronic format for the duration of an active membership. Those members seeking to receive print copies of any issues published prior to their membership start date may purchase single issues at a special membership price. Please email the Berghahn customer service team to do so. Email
THE FORUM FOR MOVIES AND MIND (formerly THE FORUM FOR THE PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDY OF FILM) is an international interdisciplinary organization that studies the ways in which explorations of the mind in such fields as psychoanalysis, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, genetics, and evolution help us understand film and the ways in which film itself opens up explorations of the mind. The organization is also concerned with the visual arts and the new technologies for the motion picture.
In past Forum sponsored events, film screenings have been followed by audience discussions, guided by film scholars, psychotherapists, psychologists, scientists, and art historians. Members of the Forum, including Bernardo Bertolucci, have led or participated in discussions of more than 200 films in major cities in the U.S. and abroad.
All those who are interested in the aims of the Forum are cordially invited to join, and to submit their work to be considered for the journal.
Visit the Forum website for further details: cyberpsych.org/filmforum
Regular annual membership fees are $65, with a student rate of $35.