Inception: Secondary Source + Research Questions

Blog post (by Thursday at 8am) Find an illuminating secondary source for your research question. Explain where you found it, what search terms got you there, and why you’ve chosen this one as opposed to others. Summarize your source and explain how it changes how you are approaching your topic. Provide a proper citation for your source.

I discovered the article entitled “The Neuroscience of Inception” while searching on Google Scholar by simply typing the words “Inception movie.” Not only does this source provide me with a critique of the film, it delves into the science behind why Inception was such a “cool” movie to watch in theaters. This source focuses primarily on the science behind the special effects by taking a unique stance: “Inception is about making movies, and cinema is the shared dream that truly interests the director.” The writer highlights the  the neurophysiological process of losing oneself in a movie by pointing out that Inception tries to collapse the already thin distinction between dreaming and movie-watching. This makes me wonder more about the director’s cinematography and the neuroscience involved in the movie watching experience. Gathering more information about the psychology of movie watching in addition to the psychology of dreams would allow me to analyze how the director successfully made us believe that Cobb had planted an idea in someone else’s mind.

Lehrer, Jonah. “The Neuroscience of Inception.” (2010).

Updated Citation:

Lehrer, Jonah. The Neuroscience of Inception. N.p.: Wired Magazine, 26 July 2010. Doc.

Blog post (by Thursday at 8am): Suggest three possible research questions about the subject of your final paper.

  1. How does one successfully plant an idea in someone else’s mind? Why is this considered a “crime”?
  2. How does the director distinguish between reality and science fiction?
  3. Has science advanced far enough to allow us to control the dream state? What is the relationship between movie watching and dreaming?
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1 Response to Inception: Secondary Source + Research Questions

  1. Lindsey Grubbs says:

    Great resource, Kristin! And I think all of those research questions could get you to some interesting material.

    Here’s what I see on Purdue OWL for a magazine article (Wired is a Magazine):

    Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.

    Since you found it online, your medium would be “Web”…and actually, when I look for article on a web magazine, I see this example:

    Bernstein, Mark. “10 Tips on Writing the Living Web.” A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites. A List Apart Mag., 16 Aug. 2002. Web. 4 May 2009.

    Can you make yours match?

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