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Embodiment and Performance

Bessell, Jacquelyn and Riddell, P (2016) Embodiment and Performance Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 23 (4). pp. 326-334.

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Evidence suggests that some cognitive processes are based on sensorimotor systems in the brain (embodied cognition). The premise of this is that 'Biological brains are first and foremost the control systems for biological bodies' (Clark 1998, 506). It has therefore been suggested that both online cognition (processing as we move through the world) and offline cognition (processing through reflection) might be body-based (Wilson 2002). We tested whether acting out, or thinking movements relevant to a poem would therefore improve memory for the poem. Here, we discuss the results of this study in relation to embodied cognition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Performing Arts
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Guildford School of Acting
Authors :
Riddell, P
Date : 13 October 2016
DOI : 10.1080/1358684X.2016.1219226
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Changing English on 13 October 2016, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : poetry and memory; embodied cognition; actor training; poetry by heart
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Additional Information : Special Issue: The Uses of Poetry
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Nov 2016 16:27
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 17:09

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