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Glitch In The Brain
Marimar Lopez Tovar
Division:
Visual and Performing Arts
Department:
Dance
Mentor:
Jose Costas
Mentor's e-mail:
jcostas@occ.cccd.edu
Author's e-mail:
mlopeztovar@student.cccd.edu
Abstract:

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in America, affecting 40 million adults per year according to the ADAA. After realizing I was among those numbers, I decided to research the causes of anxiety to unmask the roots of my triggers. “Glitch in The Brain” is a video project illustrating the investigation and choreographic processes of a dance piece. According to the Harvard Medical School the amygdala, central to emotional processes, signals the frontal cortex about any danger. In contrast, the frontal cortex is in charge of decision-making, which will command the appropriate response. Over time, anxiety can be attached to situations and thoughts that do not pose a real danger. Looking for solutions, I decided to undergo therapy to understand my situation better. Part of the coping mechanisms I utilized were meditation through movement, breathing techniques, and positive psychology. The choreographic methods used were different sequences or motifs representing anxiety and the result of my healing. I also used improvisation sessions to find unconscious emotions and motifs. Then, I gathered all my motifs, improvisations, journals, and video references to develop a cohesive storyline and choreography. The results of this project made it clear that the combination of movement and therapy is very beneficial as my mental state has improved. This has also been explored in The Body Keeps The Score, by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. where dance and art are described as having the potential to “circumvent the speechlessness that comes with terror.”

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