The Nature of Expertise in Professional Acting: A Cognitive View

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Psychology Press, 15 kwi 2013 - 176
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.
 

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1 Training for the Profession
1
2 PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH INTO ACTORS MENTAL PROCESSES
10
3 Experimental Investigation of Actors Learning Strategies
19
4 Cued Recall Task
36
5 The Summarization Task and Posttest Statements of Strategy
48
A ThinkAloud Protocol
55
7 More ThinkAloud Protocols
71
8 A Mnemonists Approach to Script Learning
77
11 A General Model of Acting Cognition
114
12 Other Investigations of Actors and Acting
118
SCENE FROM THE SECOND MAN BY S N BEHRMAN
123
Protocol of T D
129
Sample Page of an Annotated Script
135
References
137
Author Index
147
Subject Index
151

9 The Benefits of Script Segmentation
87
10 Continuing the Quest
99

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