WiseMotion Dr Hanna Poikonen

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An exciting talk and workshop series by neuroscientist, dancer and movement specialist, Dr Hanna Poikonen.

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©Aleix Gordo Hostau
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Based on Poikonen’s WiseMotion method and informed by her extensive research, this programme will explore creativity, movement and the brain and how we can reduce stress and enhance social cohesion and interaction.

WiseMotion Workshop 1: Embodied Collaboration

Solitude and stressful group dynamics are known to be risk factors for physical and mental health. Neuroscience shows how our brains become attuned to others as we collaborate and work together. This synchronisation process is an essential element in preparing to work effectively as a group and highlights the importance of creating supportive and happy communities.

This workshop explores methods that enhance this inter-brain coherence, encouraging team building and positive group dynamics and collaboration. We will learn how to use movement to relieve stress and to increase social interaction.

WiseMotion Workshop 2: Imagination, Creativity and the Brain

Creativity is a versatile state in the brain. The creative process relies on the interaction of two large neural networks. One is essential to be able to focus, while the other is crucial for us to be able to relax. The interaction of these two networks is vital in any creative process - this makes the act of creativity demanding and pleasurable at the same time.

This workshop explores how different neural networks in the brain influence creativity. It will look at how movement, breath and awareness can be used to influence the creative processes and emotional expression.

Talk: AI, Technology and Embodied Interaction – Neuroscientific Insights

Over the decades, we have been shifting from embodied interaction to technology-assisted interaction – our virtual world existing in parallel with the real one. As AI and technology take on more of our daily routine, how does this shift influence our brain, cognitive maps and social relations?

The sense of our own body and our surroundings take on new relevance when we shift quickly from one cognitive topic to another. Some neural networks need time and repetition to strengthen, but are we creating new networks for these higher-speed interactions? We will approach these questions with the latest research on proprioception, grid neurons, attention, learning and emotional engagement.

Dr Hanna Poikonen holds a PhD in the neuroscience of movement, dance and music (Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland) and works at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in brain research and education, focusing on the fields of intelligence, creativity and embodied cognitive education. Having studied movement and dance around the world in New York (Gibney Dance, Movement Research), Barcelona (La Caldera, Institutdel Teatre), Montreal (Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique) and Berlin (Marameo), her extensive research has led her to develop the The WiseMotion Method which she has brought to institutions, festivals and wellness centres such as Harvard Medical School (USA), Double Tree by Hilton Montreal (Canada), Technical University of Berlin (Germany), Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Alive Wellness (Hong Kong), and Institute del Teatre (Barcelona).

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