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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Despite the lockdown due to Covid-19, we were delighted to be able to present this workshop and talk series, including a live Q&A with Dr Hanna Poikonen hosted by Dr Roisin O'Gorman as part of the DDF Digital Capsule, 29 May - 7 June.

This event was presented with the support of ROTHCO - Part of Accenture Interactive.

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Based on Dr Poikonen's WiseMotion method and informed by her extensive research, this programme investigated movement and the brain, and how we can reduce stress and enhance creativity, social cohesion and interaction.

The series included:
Embodied Collaboration Workshop focusing on how to use movement to attune our brains to one another and enhance positive group dynamics through observation, memories and imagination.
Imagination, Creativity and the Brain Workshop looking at how different neural networks in the brain influence creativity and how movement can be used to enhance creative processes and emotional expression.
Movement and Neuroscience Talk - Creating for Relieving Stress discussing movement and neuroscience, and how the brain reacts in times of stress and change.

In addition, Dr Poikonen was in discussion with Dr Róisín O'Gorman, a lecturer in Drama & Theatre Studies at University College Cork and a Somatic Movement Educator, via a live Zoom Webinar Q&A on Thurs 4 June. You can watch the recording of this discussion above.

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, Institut del 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).

This event was presented with the support of ROTHCO - Part of Accenture Interactive.

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