Title

Attention, centering, and being mindful: medical specialties to the performing arts

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Place of Publication

New York, USA

Editor(s)

Baltzell, A. L.

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

24062

Comments

Originally published as: Tremayne, P., & Morgan, A. (2016). Attention, centering, and being mindful: medical specialties to the performing arts. In A. L. Baltzell, (Ed). Mindfulness and Performance. (pp. 389-411). New York: Cambridge University Press. Available here.

Abstract

As a performer, the act of mindfulness is a valuable and optimal state of being. One's ability to be mindful can discernibly affect physical performance, in a diverse range of contexts: for example, a dancer performing as part of a group, or a doctor answering a question in an oral exam. This chapter explores the notion of mindfulness, with a particular focus on the aligned concepts of attention and centering, among performing artists and medical practitioners. Despite the obvious disparities of challenges and tasks between the performing arts and medical specialties, the relevance of mindfulness proves a distinguishable commonality across the disciplines. Throughout this chapter, case study examples will be drawn upon to illustrate the pertinence of mindfulness for the performer and also the important contextual considerations for the performance psychologist.

DOI

10.1017/CBO9781139871310

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