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Theatrical Improvisation, Consciousness, and Cognition,9781137335289

Theatrical Improvisation, Consciousness, and Cognition

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 4/5/2013
Publisher(s): Palgrave Pivot
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Improvisation teachers Viola Spolin, Del Close, and Keith Johnstone knew that with structure and guidelines, the human mind could be trained to be effortlessly spontaneous and intuitive. Cognitive studies is finally catching up with what improvisers have known for over fifty years. Through archival research, workshops, and interviews, Theatrical Improvisation, Consciousness, and Cognition explores improvisation's effects on consciousness and cognition and compares these theories to current findings in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy.

Author Biography

Clayton D. Drinko is a New York-based actor and writer. He earned his PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies from Tufts University, USA, and his MA in Performance Studies from New York University, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Viola Spolin: Games as a Means towards Flow, Empathy, and Finding One's Truer Self
2. Del Close: Improvisational Time and the Multiple Draft Modeled Mind
3. Keith Johnstone: Spontaneity, Storytelling, Status and Masks, Trance, Altered States
4. The Improvising Mind: On Stage and in the Lab

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