ERIC Number: ED229803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Guided Imagery as a Bi-Modal Approach to Preparation for Performance.
Cottrell, June S.
Each hemisphere of the brain has several primary functions that are interesting to explore in terms of all areas of creative endeavor, particularly those involving both speech/language and imagery. Therefore in preparing students to interpret and share the artisitc expression of the poet, the writer, the storyteller, or the dramatist, the teacher should explore not only the symbolism but also the sensory experiences, the visual imagery, the spatial perceptions, and the fantasies that are ultimately manifested through the artist's language. Techniques and exercises that can stimulate such right hemisphere activities include spatial perception; visual imagery, including shape, form, direction, facial expressions and physical appearance; and the perception of nonlinguistic environmental sounds. First, it is important to create the right environment. Everyone should be made as comfortable and relaxed as possible. At this time simple suggestions can be made to clear the mind of any intrusive thoughts. Next, students are moved into more extended work in imagery such as the guided fantasy, or personalized, subjective explorations in which they are sidecoached through an adventure in a specific environment. During the debriefing, students are urged to talk about "what happened" and to share their metaphoric adventures. What follows next may be the actual work with the performance of the literature or additional work with right hemisphere functions. In this way, right hemisphere experiences can be translated into language or speech. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Lincoln, NE, April 7-9, 1983).