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The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance, and Cognitive Science

Edited by: Rick Kemp , Bruce McConachie

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138048898
eBook ISBN: 9781315169927
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The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance and Cognitive Science integrates key findings from the cognitive sciences (cognitive psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary studies and relevant social sciences) with insights from theatre and performance studies. This rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field dynamically advances critical and theoretical knowledge, as well as driving innovation in practice. The anthology includes 30 specially commissioned chapters, many written by authors who have been at the cutting-edge of research and practice in the field over the last 15 years. These authors offer many empirical answers to four significant questions:

  • How can performances in theatre, dance and other media achieve more emotional and social impact?
  • How can we become more adept teachers and learners of performance both within and outside of classrooms??
  • What can the cognitive sciences reveal about the nature of drama and human nature in general??
  • How can knowledge transfer, from a synthesis of science and performance, assist professionals such as nurses, care-givers, therapists and emergency workers in their jobs?

A wide-ranging and authoritative guide, The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance and Cognitive Science is an accessible tool for not only students, but practitioners and researchers in the arts and sciences as well.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Stanislavsky’s Prescience Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Improviser’s Lazy Brain Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Devising – Embodied Creativity in Distributed Systems Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Embodied Cognition and Shakespearean Performance Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Remains of Ancient Action Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Minding Implicit Constraints in Dance Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Applying Developmental Epistemic Cognition to Theatre for Young Audiences Download PDF
Chapter  8:  4E Cognition for Directing Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Acting and Emotion Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Improvising Communication in Pleistocene Performances Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Ritual Transformation and Transmission Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Communities of gesture Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Creative Storytelling, Crossing Boundaries, High-Impact Learning and Social Engagement Download PDF
Chapter  14:  From Banana Phones to the Bard Download PDF
Chapter  15:  ‘I’m Giving Everybody Notes Using his Body’ Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Acting Technique, Jacques Lecoq and Embodied Meaning Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Systems Theory, Enaction and Performing Arts Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Watching Movement Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Attention to Theatrical Performances Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Emergence, Meaning and Presence Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Relishing Performance Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Self, Ethics, Agency and Tragedy Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Aesthetics and the Sensible Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Talk this Dance Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Distributed Cognition Download PDF
Chapter  26:  A Theatrical Intervention to Lower the Risk of Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Performance of Caring Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Awareness Performing Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Imagining the Ecologies of Autism  Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Towards Consilience Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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