Enacting archetypes in movies: grounding the unconscious mind in emotion-driven media

Huang Ming Chang, Leonid Ivonin, Marta Diaz, Andreu Catala, Wei Chen, Matthias Rauterberg

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Abstract: The concept of emotion-driven media integrates affective computing into developing new types of digital media by including the human spectator as an essential part of the whole system. Enactive media, as a landmark in this direction, provides a theoretical basis that is rooted in the enactivist approach in cognitive science. Based on this thesis, it is required to establish a practical procedure for developing the media content through integrating psychological approaches. We demonstrate a systematic approach for developing the content for emotion-driven media. The theory of archetypes, one of the psychoanalytical approaches, was applied for editing movie clips as the media content, and coupled the content with emotional responses by using experimental psychological methodologies. The results showed that it is promising to utilise archetypal movie clips as the content of emotion-driven media and archetypal symbolism can be a useful resource for developing the content of media systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-173
Number of pages20
JournalDigital Creativity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2015


  • archetypes
  • emotion
  • enactive media
  • movie
  • psychological approach

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