London Branch Seminar
This talk will connect psychological research on the relationship between cognition and affect with research on the value of reading poetry aloud. The experience of hearing poetry performed enables joint attention, which can be of moral significance. I will argue that in some cases, such joint attention enables the cultivation of shared emotion with a shared sense of concern and responsibility. Experiencing such shared emotions in this context can provide us with significant cognitive gains by helping us to share in a perspective and thereby drawing our attention to something of significance for us (collectively) that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Dr Karen Simecek is Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of Student Experience and Progression, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick. Her research focuses on the philosophy of poetry, in particular, in relation to the emotions and moral value.
Sessions are followed by a drink and further discussion in the Students’ Union for those who wish to attend. All are welcome.