The Nature of Expertise in Professional Acting: A Cognitive View

The Nature of Expertise in Professional Acting: A Cognitive View

The Nature of Expertise in Professional Acting: A Cognitive View

The Nature of Expertise in Professional Acting: A Cognitive View

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This volume is the third to appear in the Expertise Series, but it is the first authored volume. We hope that many more will follow. This volume is also noteworthy because it is the first to focus on one particular domain, in this case, that of professional acting. One might note in passing that this domain is not one of those that is familiar to cognitive science (i.e., chess, computer programming, physics problem solving, and the like). It is for the better that the field of expertise studies looks at "new" domains, for it is only through the widest possible sampling that we may grasp confident and general facts.

The authors of this volume are to be commended for combining their own acting and teaching experience with their skills as experimental psychologists in a rich series of experimental investigations. Hence, this volume may serve as guidance for those who may follow in the desire to study some particular domain in depth. The study of expertise affords opportunities for experimental psychologists to combine their personal interests with their work as scientists. This intrinsic motivation or self-fulfilling aspect of the study of expertise is one thing that offsets the formidable theoretical and methodological challenges of exploring new territory.

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