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Diderot’s body and cognitive science: sensation, impulse and action in performer training

Dennis, Rea and Lewis, Lisa 2016, Diderot’s body and cognitive science: sensation, impulse and action in performer training, Studies in theatre and performance, Latest Articles, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1080/14682761.2016.1269510.

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Title Diderot’s body and cognitive science: sensation, impulse and action in performer training
Author(s) Dennis, ReaORCID iD for Dennis, Rea
Lewis, Lisa
Journal name Studies in theatre and performance
Season Latest Articles
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1468-2761
Keyword(s) neuroscience and acting
acting and cognitive science
actor training
psychophysical acting
alba emoting
Summary This essay places Diderot's materialist philosophy articulated in Paradox of the Actor in the late Nineteenth century, alongside emerging thinking from neurobiology. Taking Diderot’s pursuit for the recognition acting as an art as a point of departure, it reflects on the labour of the actor as awareness within multiple cognitions: impulse, sensation, and action. The discussion maps various examples including Stanislavsky in the early 1900s through to contemporary more regulated techniques like Susana Bloch’s Alba Emoting method and Phillip Zarrilli’s psychophysical approach. It considers the language of neuroscience in explicating the nuances of technique in acting and proposes that good acting requires a mastery of self at a neural level. ​
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14682761.2016.1269510
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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