Engaging Audiences

A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre

  • Authors
  • Bruce McConachie

Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Bruce McConachie
    Pages 1-21
  3. Bruce McConachie
    Pages 23-63
  4. Bruce McConachie
    Pages 65-120
  5. Bruce McConachie
    Pages 121-183
  6. Bruce McConachie
    Pages 185-207
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-248

About this book


Engaging Audiences asks what cognitive science can teach scholars of theatre studies about spectator response in the theatre. Bruce McConachie introduces insights from neuroscience and evolutionary theory to examine the dynamics of conscious attention, empathy and memory in theatre goers.


attention cognition cognitive science empathy memory neuroscience theatre theatre studies

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