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Tuesday, 24 March 2009, 12:00AM

The Psychology of Performing Arts: Stage fright and optimal performance

Professor Glenn D Wilson

This talk gives an overview of the causes and cures of performance anxiety. Under what circumstances is it most likely to occur? When is emotional arousal beneficial to performance and when destructive? The pros and cons of various approaches to treatment of stagefright (beta-blockers, cognitive behaviour therapy, Alexander Technique, hypnosis, etc). Techniques for enhancing ('hyping up') performance, such as imagery and self-talk.

Part of the series, The Psychology of Performing Arts. Other lectures include:
   Theatre and human expression
   The Power of Music

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Glenn D. Wilson is one of Britain's best-known psychologists. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes and has published more than 150 scientific articles and 33 books. He is an expert on individual differences; social and political attitudes; sexual behaviour, deviation and dysfunction; and psychology applied to the performing arts.

Not one to shy away from contention, his most recent books include: Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sex Orientation, The Secret of Lasting Love and Psychology for Performing Artists.

He has lectured widely abroad, having been a guest of the Italian Cultural Association, and a visiting professor at California State University, Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, the University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada College.

Apart from being a professional psychologist, Dr Wilson trained as an opera singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and still undertakes professional engagements as an actor, singer and director.

Dr Wilson's series of lectures for 2010/11 will be The Psychology of Love and Sex. He has previously given lectures at Gresham College as the Visiting Gresham Professor of Psychology , where he has proven his skills as a popular and thought-provoking lecturer. His recent series of lectures include The Psychology of Mating and Dating and The Psychology of Performing Arts.

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24 March 2009

The Psychology of Performing Arts: Stage fright and optimal performance
Professor Glenn D Wilson

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