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The Nature of Expertise in Professional Acting: A Cognitive View :  A Cognitive View - Helga Noice

The Nature of Expertise in Professional Acting: A Cognitive View

A Cognitive View


Published: August 1997
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For nearly 25 years, expertise has been considered an important testing ground for theories of cognition. Cognitive scientists have examined experts as diverse as chess masters, waiters, field-hockey players, and computer programmers. Recently, increased attention has been given to the arts, including dance, music appreciation and performance, and literary analysis. It is therefore somewhat surprising that--except for the authors' program of research dating from the late 1980s--virtually no studies on the cognitive processes of professional actors can be found in the literature. These experts not only routinely memorize hours of verbal material in a very short time, but they retrieve it verbatim along with the accompanying gestures, movements, thoughts, and emotions of the characters. The mental processes involved in this task constitute the subject of this recent research and are described in detail in this book.

Expertise: Research and Applicationsp. ii
Series Editor's Prefacep. ix
Training for the Professionp. 1
Psychological Research into Actors' Mental Processesp. 10
Experimental Investigation of Actors' Learning Strategiesp. 19
Cued Recall Taskp. 36
The Summarization Task and Posttest Statements of Strategyp. 48
A Professional Actor Prepares a Role: A Think-Aloud Protocolp. 55
More Think-Aloud Protocolsp. 71
A Mnemonist's Approach to Script Learningp. 77
The Benefits of Script Segmentationp. 87
Continuing the Questp. 99
A General Model of Acting Cognitionp. 114
Other Investigations of Actors and Actingp. 118
Scene From The Second Man By S. N. Behrmanp. 123
Protocol of T. Dp. 129
Referencesp. 137
Author Indexp. 147
Subject Indexp. 151
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ISBN: 9780805821703
ISBN-10: 0805821708
Series: Expertise: Research and Applications Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: August 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1