Neuroscience and Acting Expertise Highlighted In Next Psychology Brown Bag Discussion

Posted on 10/24/2014 12:19:34 PM

Rick Kemp, head of acting and directing in IUP’s Department of Theater and Dance, will present “Acting Expertise in Shakespeare” at the next Psychology Brown Bag gathering in Uhler Hall, Room 111, on Friday, October 31, from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m.

Kemp, author of Embodied Acting: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Performance, will talk about a research study that aims to clarify some of the cognitive processes that can define acting expertise. This study investigated the cognitive-affective operations of narrative understanding, imaginative empathy, and emotional engagement by videotaping actors’ facial expressions at specific moments during rehearsals and performances of a production of The Tempest, and also videotaping the facial expressions of spectators watching the performances. The recordings are being analyzed using Paul Ekman’s Facial Action Coding System to identify the degree of empathetic response displayed.

Learn more about Rick Kemp.

Department of Psychology