Improv offers the tools to practice a different kind of focus that can change our brains and unlock our individual and group potential and creativity. Humans are social creatures, and improv encourages us to truly see, hear, and value others, which strengthens relationships and communities and encourages risk-taking and innovation.
Whether we know it or not, most of us use our improvisational skills every day in the workplace when we deal with clients and colleagues. Improv Yourself shows the reader in clear detail how to use and hone improvisational skills for better business interactions and a more productive work environment. Business expert and all-around funny guy Joe Keefe offers expert guidance on nurturing our improvisational skills to help us think on our feet, deal with customers, interact with team members, present new ideas, and brainstorm.
Use the Science of Expertise in your Improv teaching practice to create better improvisors, faster. Learn how expert improvisors are really made, the one tool that trumps a class \"purpose\", how to design drills that work, and how most improv teachers are side-coaching incorrectly. With 53 specific, usable tools this book will improve your improv coaching, directing or teaching right away. Each tool is backed by research and uses the latest findings in neuroscience, education, sport and the arts to make a difference.
Bruce Montgomery: The only way to be more comfortable with change and ambiguity is to put yourself into changing and ambiguous situations. You have to PRACTICE in order to get better at it. And you can start doing this with very small exercises that can immediately begin affecting your brain. We list a 30-day Brain Training program at the end of The Improv Mindset that includes things like:
With over 20 years of IT and management consulting experience, Bruce Montgomery has worked with some of the most exciting clients out there - NHL, NFL, NASCAR, and The Shubert Organization, to name a few. As president of ExperienceYes, he is passionate about business-driven creativity and innovation, focusing on driving adoption through experiential and immersive engagements. Co-author of The Improv Mindset, he is involved with world-renowned researchers such as Charles Limb to better understand the inner workings of the brain while performing creative acts, and Ellen Langer to determine the best methods for increasing productivity through creativity.
So this seems to be the magic combination: If you are in a relaxed state of mind, easy todistract and full of dopamine, your brain is most likely to give you your best, most creative ideas.
In musical creativity specifically, a recent study has related cortical surface area and volume from structural MRI data to musical creativity (Bashwiner et al., 2016). They found that cortical surface area in superior frontal gyrus, left planum temporale, and right middle temporal gyrus, and subcortical volume in left amygdala, were correlated with musical creativity ratings. These findings were important as they were first to relate musical creativity to brain structure; however, creativity was assessed by self-report measures and not independently verified. Combining a behavioral task of musical improvisation with MRI measures of individual differences in brain structure will yield direct associations between improvisation ability and brain structure, thus shedding light on the neural correlates of real-time creative behavior while circumventing methodological challenges as reviewed above. Furthermore although these measures of brain structure are task-invariant (i.e., not dependent on task-induced activations), they may change over time as a result of training-induced plasticity even in adults, as shown by numerous studies in the neuroanatomical changes as a function of musical training independent of creativity (Schlaug, 2001, 2015; Pantev et al., 2003, 2009; Bengtsson et al., 2005; Imfeld et al., 2009; Halwani et al., 2011; Elmer et al., 2012, 2013, 2016; Herholz and Zatorre, 2012; Oechslin et al., 2013, 2018; Gärtner et al., 2013; Kleber et al., 2016; Karpati et al., 2017; Moore et al., 2017; Li et al., 2018). Thus, a better understanding of neuroanatomical correlates of musical creativity may enable future interventions and training programs that specifically target the plasticity of these neuroanatomical regions with the goal of promoting musical creativity. 781b155fdc