Feeling the Passion: Neuropsychological Perspectives on Audience Response

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    Abstract

    What goes on in the mind of the 15th-century spectator as he or she watches an actor standing in for Christ being beaten, scourged, humiliated, and crucified? This article explores questions of audience response through recent research into mirror mechanisms, arguing that these mechanisms offer glimpses of the inner life of others and provide a biological explanation for the communicative efficacy of embodiment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)328-340
    JournalPostmedieval : a journal of medieval cultural studies
    Volume3
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

    Keywords

    • medieval drama
    • emotional contagion
    • tactile empathy

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