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Mirror neurons and the art of acting


Mirror neurons and the art of acting

Brassard, Andrea (2008) Mirror neurons and the art of acting. Other thesis, Concordia University.

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This theoretical paper explores the parallels between the mirror neuron system and the art of acting. It aims to establish a fruitful multidisciplinary encounter between actors, neuroscientists, and drama therapists which will allow them to compliment and deepen each other's exploration of being human, and to add to the current literature on drama therapy. Consistent and pervasive throughout all the acting literature is the message that the art of acting requires a profound understanding of human nature, and the astute observation and understanding of others as well as oneself. Modem neurological findings tell us that understanding of self and others relies to a large extent on the mirror neuron system. This study will look at the mirror neuron system as a means of clarifying and expanding our understanding of the art of acting. The mirror neuron system provides another level of abstraction at which to understand the art of acting, thus broadening our understanding of the art, and the processes which drive it. A deeper understanding of the processes of acting leads to a greater understanding of the role of drama in therapy, and of drama therapy in the larger community.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:Brassard, Andrea
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:vii, 90 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies
Thesis Supervisor(s):Harnden, Bonnie
ID Code:976294
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:23
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:42
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