Psychology 101 – Cognition Part (4/14) – Multiple Intelligences

Video from Introductory course for psychology- psych 101.

How Stanley Kubrick used Escher-styled spacial awareness & set design anomalies to disorientate viewers of his horror classic The Shining. This is a must for serious Kubrick fans and psychology students. Written, narrated and edited by Rob Ager Visit my website for more film and psychology related videos My full analysis of The Shining can be found here: My other analysis articles and videos include: Mulholland Drive analysis A Clockwork Orange 2001: A Space Odyssey Full Metal Jacket

25 Comments so far »

  1. KimmoKM said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    Interesting. I recall being a bit confused about the Gold Room when I watched The Shining a couple of years ago (unless it’s a false memory created by watching this video), but I didn’t have an idea how much more depth there was to these oddities.

  2. Eric West said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    I feel sorry for the guy who’s trying to make a replica of the hotel in Minecraft…

  3. robag88 said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    You’re in for a treat.

  4. therealquade said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    your videos are amazing, I never saw the shining, or 2001, or eyes wide shut, but god damn now I want to.

  5. MissFifthAttempt said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    In the exterior view of the hotel there’s no maze in any direction.

  6. CuddleMasta said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    Meant Unbreakable(2000)

  7. CuddleMasta said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    Hello Robag88, I haven’t watched this video yet, but I am sure it will be good for when I do.
    I watched your analysis on Stargate troopers and found it completely impeccable, well done to you!
    I was wondering what you might think about doing an analysis on Unbreakable (1999).
    It might not be exaclty as deep like the other movies you analised but I am sure you’d do a good job and I would love a thorough and, like always, impeccable analysis from you on one of my favorite movies.

  8. zachary mark said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Excellent analysis!!! However, did you read Stephen King’s novel (same title)? Whether Kubrick did it on purpose or not, I believe the “errors” you point out are exactly what made me read the book. There was something …missing. And your analysis misses the point – The Overlook Hotel is ITSELF evil. It caused all of the evil that ever happened there. The hotel is the enemy with Jack, a weak drunk, as its pawn. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. You won’t regret it.

  9. v85rawdeal said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    Oh look, continuity errors!

  10. nikkiejanee1972 said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    these useless facts of the ‘set design’ has nothing to do with why the movie is great

  11. nikkiejanee1972 said,

    Wrote on September 28, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    who cares…i never thought about this when watching the movie….just enjoy the movie….you don’t give him credit for the music score……………..what is the point of this?

  12. webb3ro said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 12:41 am

    To be honest, I didn’t really notice the whole use of space within the Overlook hotel but I did notice the size of the maze. I feel that nearly all of these measures implemented by Kubrick would be overlooked by most film goers and even the more well versed in the language of film.

  13. Paul Davies said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    this idiot not you my friend does not realise that it is not a hotel but a series of sets and his problem is his big nose find something better to do with yr time pal

  14. JustOccurred2Me said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    A really thought-provoking film. It strikes me that some of your ideas touch upon the unexplored differences between the novel and the film. For example, King’s description of the patterns of the hallway carpets shifting, the fire hose changing direction between Jack entering the bedroom and leaving, signifying different “eras” of the hotel’s existence, would suggest to me that Kubrick is putting into pictures much the same sort of disorientation that King described.

    Fascinating stuff, thanks.

  15. 57gurr said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 1:25 am

    No, in the original book, they were both of the ages of 8 and 10. But Kubrick’s interpretation completely mirrored King’s story. In the movie both the girls are twins. Just like how they were driving a different car in the beginning from the book. And just like the maze instead of the hedge animals. The movie and the book are very different my friend.

  16. 2bin said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    8:21 In regards to this carpet scene, you can see that there is discontinuity between when Danny is playing during the overhead shot and when he looks up and you see the hallway. There are objects that are in the hallway shot that do not appear in the overhead shot.

  17. EuroMIX2 said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    Nice. Subtle and subliminal horror is my favourite. I much prefer it to more obvious “jump scares” and the like. Creating an environment that may be familiar, but is somehow unsettling in its design is really great. I really enjoyed this review, in fact my only gripe is that I wish it could have gone on longer.

    I might watch some of your other reviews next if they are as good as this one.

  18. gdwhat said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 2:05 am


  19. axlesparks said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 2:20 am

    and of course the windows in the bedroom

  20. axlesparks said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 2:29 am

    WOW! This is honestly one of the coolest videos I’ve ever seen. I’m very impressed with the way it is put together. Especially the map sections. I was still skeptical about the EXIT sign and doorway, but once I saw the Room 237 Hallway scene and the walk-in scene, my mind was blown. Very well played sir! Very well played!

  21. robag88 said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    I’ve studied enough on Kubrick to be able to write a pretty detailed biography. And i haven’t seen anything connecting him to the occult or masons. Plus he was an atheist. You only have to read his interviews to know that. If you’re interested in what got Kubrick interested in political stuff and conspiracies see my article on Dr Strangelove.

  22. natruto said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 3:02 am

    if i could be so bold.. did you know personally stanley kubrick? did you shadow him in his thoughts his whole life? do you know why he did all the things he did? meet all the people he met? im sure you’ll say it cant be outright proven that he was into occultic things or involved with secret and elite groups. but can you really prove he wasnt? as much as i’ve gathered. he wasnt that social of a guy, pretty reclusive, not too many interviews. anyway.. just saying im skeptical of your skepticism.

  23. natruto said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 3:27 am

    just because you state something like its a fact, doesnt make it one. i’m sorry, but just like how you say you have a full analysis on your website.. so do people who believe kubrick was into the occult or involved with what would be defined as secret societies. i could very well accuse this economic theory of yours of just being a myth. the occult means hidden knowledge, as im sure you know. you speak how he uses lots of hidden metaphors etc.. and that could have nothing to do with “occult”?

  24. Jefferson Ellis said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 3:54 am

    This is the kind of film journalism the world needs. Legitimate analysis and dissection of films will never be replaced by blurbs about the plot and 1-5 star ratings.

  25. robag88 said,

    Wrote on September 29, 2012 @ 4:47 am

    I already thought about that possibility while making the vid. Some folks find it difficult to comprehend this kind of complex film making because they’re unaccustomed to it. Only a handful of film makers have done it – David Lynch an obvious example. The reason I’m accustomed to it is because I do it myself. My first feature will start selling in a week or two and it’s full of hidden themes communicated through thousands of verbal and non-verbal metaphors.

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