The Actor, Image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience

The Actor, Image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience

by Rhonda Blair
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415774179

ISBN-13: 9780415774178

Pub. Date: 02/01/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Actor, Image and Action is a 'new generation' approach to the craft of acting; the first full-length study of actor training using the insights of cognitive neuroscience. In a brilliant reassessment of both the practice and theory of acting, Rhonda Blair examines the physiological relationship between bodily action and emotional experience. In doing so

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The Actor, Image and Action is a 'new generation' approach to the craft of acting; the first full-length study of actor training using the insights of cognitive neuroscience. In a brilliant reassessment of both the practice and theory of acting, Rhonda Blair examines the physiological relationship between bodily action and emotional experience. In doing so she provides the latest step in Stanislavsky's attempts to help the actor 'reach the unconscious by conscious means'.

Recent developments in scientific thinking about the connections between biology and cognition require new ways of understanding many elements of human activity, including:

  • imagination
  • emotion
  • memory
  • physicality
  • reason.

The Actor, Image and Action looks at how these are in fact inseparable in the brain's structure and function, and their crucial importance to an actor’s engagement with a role. The book vastly improves our understanding of the actor's process and is a must for any actor or student of acting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415774178
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
833,915
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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