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The Creative Mind: Using Cognitive Science to Improve Understanding and Pedagogy of the Arts

Event date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014, from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: UNH 3030

Presented by:

Deborah Rifkin, Associate Professor of Music Theory, Ithaca College

No matter the form or genre, all art is an expression or application of creative skill and imagination that can be appreciated for its beauty, impact, or emotional effect. Because art is an outgrowth of culture and society, we can often perceive similar aesthetics between diverse art forms that are produced in the same context and time period. For example, Enlightenment ideals are evident in both Mozart’s sonatas and the Federal-style architecture of our capitol buildings.  However, we approach each art form with different cognitive abilities specific to its medium. Music and dance are genres that unfold over time, in contrast to the visual arts that present a whole work at once. Since our cognitive processes for conceptualizing and organizing time are different than those for visual and spatial stimuli, we perceive the art differently. In this presentation/workshop, we will explore the role of our cognitive processes in the understanding and teaching of the arts. Specifically, using interactive exercises we will demonstrate the importance of memory and image schema for conceptualizing meaning in music, visual arts, theatre, and dance.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Please click here to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.