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BIOL 1703 Your Brain on Theatre: On Stage and Off (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Actors are often challenged to portray individuals suffering from progressive neurological disorders—e.g., Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, and syndromes associated with malnutrition and traumatic brain injuries. Beginning with the neuroscience of the “all right” brain, we will proceed to discuss neuroscience of the brain when awry, particularly in the context of how actors authentically convey the complexities of emotion and of neuro-disabilities. The enduring questions that we explore will pertain to defining the “true self”, establishing memory, and engendering responsiveness to “the other.”


Instructor(s): Daniel Kirschner

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions. For freshmen only


Last Updated: 24-Mar-17