Human response to change, or our embodied reaction within Δ time, is what makes movement so powerful and film such a vivid experience.
The dimension of time necessitates that we make use of our memory in a different way. When we look at an image, we reflect upon the image and often relate it to concepts formulated in our long-term memory. In film, more parts of the brain may interact.
Memory is traditionally categorized into three types: sensory memory, short-term memory and long-term memory. Sensory memory will often last for a second or two.
Film further manipulates the domain of short-term memory, which may typically last about half a minute. There are a number of stages for short-term memory. Below is one nueroscientist’s categorical stages of short-term memory dependent on time.
Finally, as we interpret information in our short-term memory, we may categorize information in long-term memory in both an individually proactive and socially reflective way.
The dimension of time is irreversable and we are conditioned to actively make use of all forms of memory within time constraints to retain information. When watching film, the perceiver must remember from one scene to the other and all of these parts of the brain begin reacting. Our brains are stimulated to remember because we learn that time cannot be reversed, and we chronologically give meaning to the scenes.