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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Amygdala De-Dah! (video)



Shift from fear to cheer, harnessing the brain’s amygdala with vibrant movement

The Amygdala part of the brain’s limbic system registers intense feelings, preparing the body to fight, flee or freeze instantly should there be a threat. Some people overreact to stressors rather than stepping back, analyzing the situation and taking a more rational approach.

Why not harness the amygdala, using cheers, handshakes, and other energetic actions like dancing and sports to arouse intense feelings of joy? At the Illinois conference for Health Physical Education, Dance and Recreation professionals showed ‘A-Mig-Dah-La’ gestures then created De Dah! with a simple cheer!


Daily Physical Education with vibrant movement is an excellent way to help students regulate intense feelings in wholesome ways – important during these stressful times.


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