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