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Beyond Words: Movement Observation and Analysis



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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 11/29/2011.

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Beyond Wordspresents movement observation and analysis techniques to examine every day human interactions, allowing performers to understand them in a new light. Carol-Lynne Moore and Kaoru Yamamoto build on the techniques they expertly displayed in the first edition of the book, maintaining a focus on the process of movement as opposed to discussions of static body language. The authors combine textual discussion with a new set of website-hosted video instructions to help readers develop an in-depth understanding of nonverbal communication. This new second edition is fully revised with a new introduction, and is illustrated throughout. It presents a fascinating insight into this vital field of study and will be an invaluable resource for scholars and practitioners in many areas of performance analysis, choreography and actor training.

Author Biography

Carol-Lynne Moore has lectured extensively in the US and Europe on Laban theory, including Movement Pattern Analysis, an assessment of executive decision-making style developed from industrial and managerial movement studies. Her most recent publication is The Harmonic Structure of Movement, Music and Dance According to Rudolf Laban (Mellen Press, 2009). She is a founding member and current President of Motus Humanus, a professional organization for movement specialists in the US. She currently teaches at Columbia College, Chicago. Kaoru Yamamoto is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, having taught extensively in the U.S., Canada, Iceland and China. He has edited scholarly journals on psychology and education, and published widely in both areas, including ten full-length works on human development, creativity and cultural evolution.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Module Ap. 3
In search of an elusive phenomenonp. 5
The perception of human movementp. 11
Enhancing movement awareness*p. 28
Body knowledge/body prejudicep. 32
Deciphering human movements*p. 58
Movement as metaphorp. 65
Module Bp. 85
Functions of movement in human lifep. 87
Movements in context*p. 127
Basic parameters of movement*p. 130
Observation in practice: process and structurep. 150
Observation in practice: as experts see itp. 177
Challenges and horizonsp. 211
Referencesp. 220
Indexp. 231
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