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“Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts,” Marlon Brando once said. But for scientists, working out what is going on in an actor’s head has always been something of a puzzle.

Now, researchers have said thespians show different patterns of brain activity depending on whether they are in character or not.
Dr Steven Brown, the first author of the research from McMaster University in  Canada , said: “It looks like when you are acting, you are suppressing yourself; almost like the character is possessing you.”

Writing in the journal  Royal Society Open Science , Brown and colleagues report how 15 method actors, mainly theatre students, were trained to take on a Shakespeare role – either Romeo or Juliet – in a theatre workshop, and were asked various questions, to which they responded in character. They were then invited into the laboratory, where their brains were scanned in a series of experiments.

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Studies are promising — 
though why it works remains a mystery
Early in Mark Jensen’s career as a rehabilitation medicine specialist, he kept running into an issue with his patients. It was the ’90s and he was studying pain management through the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which can help people with chronic pain learn to change their awareness of and develop skills to cope with their persistent discomforts. This method showed some promising, though modest, results: Jensen’s patients confirmed they were better able to manage their reactions to the pain, but the problem was, the pain was still there. Wasn’t there something that could actually make it go away?

“I would have to say to them, ‘Actually, there doesn’t seem to be a lot we can do about the pain itself,’” says Jensen, now a professor and the vice chair of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington. “‘It’s really your reaction to the pain that we need to focus on.’”

Like anxiety, pain is not simply a physical sensation, but an experience created by the brain in reaction to environmental cues. If your brain thinks your body is in danger or injured, it will create the experience of pain to alert you. To counter this, Jensen and other pain specialists have found that the best plan of attack aside from pharmacological treatment is to change a person’s state of mind. “When a person focuses their attention on one thing [like breathing], their brain state changes. Their brain activity changes. And that change is associated with pain relief,” he says.

While this change can be achieved in part through things like CBT, meditation, mindfulness, and even music, in the mid-90s Jensen stumbled upon what he thought could be a better vehicle for attaining this altered mental state: hypnosis.

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In experiments on pig organs, scientists at Yale made a discovery that could someday challenge our understanding of what it means to die.
A few years ago, a scientist named Nenad Sestan began throwing around an idea for an experiment so obviously insane, so “wild” and “totally out there,” as he put it to me recently, that at first he told almost no one about it: not his wife or kids, not his bosses in Yale’s neuroscience department, not the dean of the university’s medical school.

Like everything Sestan studies, the idea centered on the mammalian brain. More specific, it centered on the tree-shaped neurons that govern speech, motor function and thought — the cells, in short, that make us who we are. In the course of his research, Sestan, an expert in developmental neurobiology, regularly ordered slices of animal and human brain tissue from various brain banks, which shipped the specimens to Yale in coolers full of ice. Sometimes the tissue arrived within three or four hours of the donor’s death.

Sometimes it took more than a day. Still, Sestan and his team were able to culture, or grow, active cells from that tissue — tissue that was, for all practical purposes, entirely dead. In the right circumstances, they could actually keep the cells alive for several weeks at a stretch.

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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a new, scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh look at why we suffer and even what it means to be mentally healthy. What if pain were a normal, unavoidable part of the human condition, but avoiding or trying to control painful experience were the cause of suffering and long-term problems that can devastate your quality of life? The ACT process hinges on this distinction between pain and suffering. As you work through this book, you’ll learn to let go of your struggle against pain, assess your values, and then commit to acting in ways that further those values.

ACT is not about fighting your pain; it’s about developing a willingness to embrace every experience life has to offer. It’s not about resisting your emotions; it’s about feeling them completely and yet not turning your choices over to them. ACT offers you a path out of suffering by helping you choose to live your life based on what matters to you most. If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or problem anger, this book can help―clinical trials suggest that ACT is very effective for a whole range of psychological problems. But this is more than a self-help book for a specific complaint―it is a revolutionary approach to living a richer and more rewarding life.

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5) Quote We Are Contemplating...

" The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.
They’re there to stop the other people. ” 

Changing the Narrative Initiative

Changing The Narrative is a network of reporters, researchers, academics, and advocates concerned about the way media represents drug use and addiction.

Our mission is to help journalists and opinion leaders provide accurate, humane, and scientifically-grounded information in this contested terrain. We offer expert sources —including people with lived experience of the issues — and up-to-date, fact-checked, and evidence-based information on news and controversies.

Maryland Rehabilitation Conference 2019 November 7th & 8th, 2019 Sheraton Baltimore North, Towson, Maryland
Sponsored by The Maryland Rehabilitation Association and the Division of Rehabilitation Services 

Deadline for submission of proposals for training workshops and breakout sessions has been extended to July 22, 2019 .

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