Amy Cook is Associate Professor of English and Theatre Arts, Stony Brook University.
How do we cast characters, sort out loved ones from the surrounding crush of humanity, much less keep track of whether actors are right for a part? Cook nimbly guides us through the cognitive functions that enable us to categorize people, and pulls more than a few rugs out from under our understandings of celebrity, politicking, and the culture wars. - Scott Magelssen, University of Washington In a masterpiece that lies at the intersection of the humanities and cognitive science, Cook shows that we form notions of character by casting a specific person in a specific role at a specific time, following complex cognitive patterns. From daily life to imagination, from reverie to reality, it's casting all the way down. - Mark Turner, Case Western Reserve University