When we talk, we mainly use our voice but we also communicate with facial expressions and gestures. In order to capture these non-verbal communication aspects, a video camera was used to record the discussions. Researcher Katarina Eriksson Barajas and her team of assistants set up the recording process allowing several discussions to be filmed simultaneously. By studying people after they have seen a film or a play, we can find answers to questions such as how people use the insights and experiences brought to them by fiction.
As a researcher I am interested in what people discuss after having seen a film or a play. I imagine that they discuss what they have seen, but also discuss other things. The people discussing a film or a play together does report both what they think of the film or the play, but also how they use their way of interpreting of what they have seen in their interaction with other people. Thus we can learn more about the importance of fictional characters.