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3 things that happen to your brain when you go to the movies


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Strange and powerful things happen when you go to the movies. We can apply some of these things to cross-border team-building.

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3 things that happen to your brain when you go to the movies

  1. 1. 3 things that happen to your brain when you go to the movies and how they can be applied to cross-border teams
  2. 2. When you go to the movies... (1) YOU IGNORE YOUR ENVIRONMENT The exit signs, the time, your own body — you don't notice them
  3. 3. (2) YOU BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT AREN'T REAL The city's attacked by dragons? OK
  4. 4. (3) YOU FEEL EMOTIONS You care about what happens in the movie
  5. 5. You become transported
  6. 6. One reason for this is that... AT THE MOVIES, THE PROJECTOR IS IN CONTROL There is nothing you can do to change what happens in the movie
  7. 7. YOUR BRAIN IS VERY EFFICIENT — IT LIKES TO SAVE ENERGY WHEN IT CAN When your brain knows it can't change what happens in the movie, it shuts down its systems for planning and doing things
  8. 8. So your brain stops being aware of your environment because there's no need — you're not going to do anything Your brain also stops trying to evaluate whether things are real or not
  9. 9. BUT YOUR EMOTIONAL SYSTEMS STILL WORK — AND NOW THERE'S NOTHING TO STOP THEM So you feel happiness, sadness, hope, fear — even though the things you are watching are not real
  10. 10. Now what if... INSTEAD OF WATCHING A MOVIE, YOU DO A READ-THROUGH? I work on a project called SkypeRead: we read through movie scripts in cross-border groups of non-native English-speakers
  11. 11. WE FIND IT'S A POWERFUL ACTIVITY FOR TEAM-BUILDING AND IMPROVING ENGLISH SKILLS The results we get are closer relationships and better communication between group members
  12. 12. One reason for this is that... IN A READ-THROUGH, THE SCRIPT IS IN CONTROL Your brain doesn't have to think or plan about which words to say
  13. 13. You become transported
  14. 14. But you still feel emotions, and... To put it simply: things that excite the brain are things that get processed EMOTIONS DRIVE BONDING AND LEARNING
  15. 15. REFERENCES  “Your Brain on Movies” — Norman N. Holland, PSYART, Dec 15 2009  The proposed maxims of neuroELT — developed by Robert S. Murphy and the other brainy folks behind the FAB conferences ● “Is doing a read-through of a movie good for non-native English- speakers?” — a presentation I gave at the 2013 Kansai ELT Expo To see what SkypeRead can do for your team, click here Graham Jones MODERATOR, SKYPEREAD