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date: 20 October 2020

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In this chapter, a wide range of performance psychology–related topics are considered in relation to the performing arts. Existing research with musicians, dancers and, to a smaller extent, actors is reviewed and contrasted with sport research within a tripartite structure. In the first section, Exploring Convergence, topics with largely similar research results to sport are considered. These include expertise, talent, and deliberate practice; motivation; flow; perfectionism; disordered eating; and injury and pain. In the second section, Exploring Divergence, topics that have been tackled differently in the performing arts and sports are considered. These include psychological skills; personality; anxiety, stress, and coping; and self-confidence and self-esteem. In a third and final section, Exploring Novelty, topics that appear promising for an emerging psychology of performing arts, yet which have less precedent in sport research, are outlined. These comprise creativity and inspiration; memorization; emotional expression; and audience research.

Keywords: Dance, music, theater, acting, performing arts, artistry, psychology

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