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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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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.