Assessing the appeal power of narrative performance by using eyeblink synchronization among audience

Ryota Nomura*, Takeshi Okada

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this chapter, the authors showed that eyeblink synchronization enables researchers to investigate the appeal power of narrative performance empirically. The proposed method relies on the ability of audience members as epistemic agents to recognize and understand the performance. As spontaneous eyeblinks loosely co-vary with individual's allocation and release of attentions, the timings of eyeblinks could be entrained by the details of narrative performances as the common inputs. Thus, the standard basis accumulated by the collective eyeblink responses enables experimenter to judge whether or not a particular performance contains universal appeal to sense-making. Here, the authors introduced that the empirical studies to assess the appeal power of Rakugo (a traditional narrative performance). An expert artist, compared to a novice performer, created implicit breakpoints on participants' attentional process. It were discussed that the applicable scopes of the eyeblink relevant indices, upcoming research on eyeblink synchronization, and new research on human collective behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational and Cognitive Approaches to Narratology
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781522504337
ISBN (Print)152250432X, 9781522504320
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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