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Addiction and Agency: A New Therapeutic Model Based on Improvisation

Jennifer McManus

Published: 2008-08-25

This poster defines cognitive remediation and the formal teaching strategy called 'scaffolding'. It compares the process of scaffolding, particularly its use in the remediation of substance-induced cognitive impairments, to the teaching processes used in improvised jazz and Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian art form which combines martial arts, music, and dance).

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There is a curious yet enormously fruitful duality in the way that improvisation plays on our expectations and perspectives.

– Tracey Nicholls