For those of us in the Comedy business, participating in Improv classes and groups is a great way to keep the skills sharp. However, for those of us who are coincidentally also in the Neuroscience business, hearing the inevitable Improv class platitudes like “relax into the moment” or “find your inner hilariplex” can be frustratingly vague.
So to help clear up the confusion, please see this quick reference translation of Improv Platitudes to the language of Neuroscience:
“have fun and you will be funnier”
Try to increase your ventral striatum activation so as to potentially serve as a context or, if you will, a retrieval cue, to facilitate the activation, in anterior temporal regions, of associations with a greater potential to fit in a funny narrative.
“get out of your head”
To a reasonable extent, reduce your medial prefrontal cortex/anterior cingulate top-down monitoring of the search through association space in the temporal regions, let the recurrent activation in the temporal neural networks evolve undirected and trust that it would lead to a funny idea.
Now everything is clear!