Push for drama – the role of drama in learning & memory

Watching the unwitting people’s responses to the drama is almost as funny as the drama itself in the video below.

Do we need more drama?

Certainly drama captures our attention – like pigeons, with their notoriously bad eyesight, who subsequently bob their heads back & forth to create movement that literally captures their attention – we can be addicted to meaningless drama.  Surprise & gobsmack for no reason.

On the other hand, like the saying goes, a change is as good as a rest.  Novelty, surprise & drama can revive an overworked brain.  When we’re in conflict, we tend to do more of whatever isn’t working.  Changing it up can definitely get us out of our over worn, tired groove & help us see new possibilities.

The VonRestorff effect (scroll to page 42 in the link to read more) tells us that we tend to remember things that are (appropriately) funny, colourful &/or experiential.  Some drama helps us remember better.

Can you have too much of a good thing?  Of course.  But some drama can add some spice, help you & yours remember better & make life a whole lot more interesting.

So go get some, find your own button to push & enjoy the memories.  Not sure where to start?  Check out the video below.


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