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Author Thomson, Paula, author

Title Creativity and the performing artist : behind the mask / Paula Thomson and S. Victoria Jaque, California State University, Northridge, CA, United States
Published London : Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 480 pages) : illustrations
Series Explorations in creativity research
Explorations in creativity research.
Contents Understanding creativity in the performing arts -- Domains in the performing arts -- The person: talent and performing artists -- Creative experiences -- Imagination and fantasy -- Neurobiology, creativity, and performing artists -- Physiology and creativity -- Flow and neurophysiological responses -- Early development -- Play and theory of mind -- Attachment, parenting, and childhood adversity -- Personality and motivation -- Training the performing artist -- Self-regulation, emotion, and resilience -- Mood and creativity in the performing artist -- Unresolved mourning and posttraumatic stress disorder in performing artists -- Performing artists and psychopathology -- Careers in the performing arts -- Injuries and rehabilitation -- Health concerns and burnout
Summary Creativity and the Performing Artist: Behind the Mask synthesizes and integrates research in the field of creativity and the performing arts. Within the performing arts there are multiple specific domains of expertise, with domain-specific demands. This book examines the psychological nature of creativity in the performing arts. The book is organized into five sections. Section I discusses different forms of performing arts, the domains and talents of performers, and the experience of creativity within performing artists. Section II explores the neurobiology of physiology of creativity and flow. Section III covers the developmental trajectory of performing artists, including early attachment, parenting, play theories, personality, motivation, and training. Section IV examines emotional regulation and psychopathology in performing artists. Section V closes with issues of burnout, injury, and rehabilitation in performing artists. Discusses domain specificity within the performing arts; encompasses dance, theatre, music, and comedy performance art; reviews the biology behind performance, from thinking to movementIdentifies how an artist develops over time, from childhood through adult training; summarizes the effect of personality, mood, and psychopathology on performance; explores career concerns of performing artists, from injury to burn out
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Creative ability.
Form Electronic book
Author Jaque, Victoria S., author
ISBN 0128041080 (electronic bk.)
9780128041086 (electronic bk.)