Enacting Cognitive and Creative Foundations

  • Maiya MurphyEmail author
Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)


Murphy draws parallels between foundational principles and practices of both Lecoq pedagogy and enactive cognition. This chapter proposes how Lecoq pedagogy directly hijacks cognitive foundations in order to shape the most basic conscious and unconscious capacities of the actor-creator through conscious means. Murphy explains how Lecoq pedagogy, like an enactive understanding of cognition, works through basic sensorimotor capacities to give rise to the most abstract human capacities, such as fictional meaning-making. This chapter engages with cognitive scientific thinkers such as Shaun Gallagher, Alva Noë, Kevin J. O’Regan, Mark Johnson, George Lakoff, Olivier Gapenne, and Giovanna Columbetti. Murphy teases out how concepts of body image, body schema, enactive perception, and enactive affectivity set the stage for how an actor-creator will cultivate her own creative agency.


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  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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