Acting: An altered state of consciousness

  title={Acting: An altered state of consciousness},
  author={Eberhard Scheiffele},
  journal={Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance},
  pages={179 - 191}
  • Eberhard Scheiffele
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Psychology
  • Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
Actors often report that during acting their conscious experience is altered. Many are, in fact, drawn to acting by their desire for this experience of heightened awareness. This paper will use notions from the field Psychology of Consciousness, including an explanation of how psychologists define and investigate Altered States of Consciousness (ASCs). Following the definition in The Psychology of Consciousness by Farthing, the author argues that actors (in performance, drama classes, or in… 
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