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The Role of Drama in Building Social and Emotional Skills

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 4 – 5:30pm

The Role of Drama in Building Social and Emotional Skills

Drama and acting has long been theorized as connected to skills such as empathy and morality. However, scientific, psychological studies of this connection is rare. The current talk presents a series of studies, with children aged 3-18, from typical, at risk, and atypical backgrounds, investigating how and when dramatic, acting, and theatrical experiences can be harnessed to foster increases in social and emotional skills and abilities.

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About Dr Thalia R. Goldstein
Dr. Thalia R. Goldstein, is Assistant Professor of Applied Development Psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, USA and the director of the Social Skills, Imagination and Theatre Lab. She studies how children participate in and create fictional worlds, how actors construct characters onstage and the effects of these activities on empathy, theory of mind, emotion regulation, compassion and altruism. Her other work focuses on how children and adults understand social categorization at the fiction/reality border, and how children react to watching fictional worlds. Her work has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The John Templeton Foundation, Arts Connection, the National Science Foundation, American Psychological Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. She has won awards from the Society for Research in Child Development, American Psychological Association, and the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media. She is currently incoming Editor of the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (APA Division 10). Dr. Goldstein earned her B.A. from Cornell University in Theatre and Psychology, her MA and Ph.D. from Boston College in Developmental Psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship Yale University. She spent several years as a professional actress and dancer in New York City.

About the ​Neurohumanities lecture series
Neurohumanities is managed by a cross-disciplinary seminar organizing committee. These are designed to bring STEM and humanities researches to reflect, discuss and think together, as well as to provide a platform for public engagement.

It further funds workshops and discussion meetings that connect STEM and Humanities.

It also provides seed grants for the development of new interdisciplinary research, particularly in the arts and humanities that connect to neuroscience and brain health.

See the full schedule of Neurohumanities lecture series 2018 here
Find out more about the Neurohumanities Programme for 2018

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)

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