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Alexandru I Berceanu

Alexandru I Berceanu
National University of Theatre and Film IL Caragiale Bucharest · Animation and Interaction

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
My practice has as core the potential of art and game as emotional and social development environment. Games and theatrical game in particular provide a special frame for development and natural learning. I am interested in understanding how games contribute in shaping human society through artistic practice and by developing knowledge on their biological substrate through neuroscience, neuroaesthetics and experimental psychology tools.
Education
October 2019 - June 2021
University of Bucharest
Field of study
  • Neurobiolgy
October 2011 - September 2018
Babeş-Bolyai University
Field of study
  • Theatre
October 2002 - June 2004
National Univeristy of Theatre and Film IL Caragiale Bucharest
Field of study
  • Theatre DIrecting

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Publications (14)
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Training of autobiographical memory has been proposed as an intervention to improve cognitive function. The neural substrates for such improvements are poorly understood. Several brain areas have been previously linked to autobiographical recollection, including structures in the default mode network (DMN) and the sensorimotor network. Here we test...
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Role play is one of the core creative processes in theatrical performance. Play leads to positive emotions in both children and adults. Role-play, a distinctive type of play is used in several types of therapeutic interventions to increase social competence as well as for other benefits. The highly individualized use of role-play in psychotherapy,...
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The human mind wanders spontaneously and frequently, revisiting the past and imagining the future of self and of others. External and internal factors can influence wandering spontaneous thoughts, whose content predicts subsequent emotional states. We propose that social imitation, an action that increases well-being and closeness by poorly underst...
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Training of autobiographical memory has been proposed as intervention to improve cognitive functions. The neural substrates for such improvements are poorly understood. Several brain networks have been previously linked to autobiographical recollections, including the default mode network (DMN) and the sensorimotor network. Here we tested the hypot...
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Training of autobiographical memory has been proposed as intervention to improve cognitive functions. The neural substrates for such improvements are poorly understood. Several brain networks have been previously linked to autobiographical recollections, including the default mode network (DMN) and the sensorimotor network. Here we tested the hypot...
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Social imitation increases well-being and closeness by mechanisms that remain poorly understood. We propose that imitation impacts behavioural states in part by modulating post-imitation mind-wandering. The human mind wanders spontaneously and frequently, revisiting the past and imagining the future of self and of others. External and internal fact...
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Brain neural dynamics can be evoked and captured, without making assumptions about their function, by an emerging technique called naturalistic stimulation. Naturalistic stimulation refers to complex dynamic stimuli such as movie watching. Watching a movie evokes reliable and functionally selective fluctuations in the BOLD signal throughout the bra...
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In humans and animal models, oxytocin increases social closeness, attachment and prosocial behaviors, while decreasing anxiety and stress levels. Efficiently triggering the release of endogenous oxytocin could serve as a powerful therapeutic intervention for disorders of social behavior and for anxiety. We designed a new version of a social sensori...
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Representation of human conflict is central to theater performance. In our study, we have used self-reported measures of emotional experience and a word recall task, in order to assess the effects of theatrical representations of violence. Forty participants were randomly assigned to the role of performer or spectator, in either a realistic represe...
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Fig.5: In line with the literature, we found a significantly increased amplitude of the LPP component over occipito-parietal electrodes for negative and positive arousing stimuli compared to neutral ones in the alone condition. Fig.6: When viewing the stimuli in the presence of the instructor (the partner in the social interaction task) we found a...
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Imitation plays an important role in the development of social skills and of social attachment, in human and non-human primates (Field, 1997; Ferrari et al., 2009; Paukner et al., 2009). Imitation is also a significant tool in the art of actors, where it is used as an exercise to decrease stage fright and to ease emotional communication. Based on t...
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In the project inter@FAŢA, the creative team developed various algorithms for the generation of music, starting from real time monitored EEG. Among the music generating algorithms, together with other models, an EEG alpha spectrum analysis software was used, which was based on the difference of valence sensors AF3-AF4. The post-performance analysis...
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With the aid of a BCI conceived and developed by the research team, EEG parameters are streamed from the Emotiv EPOC headset to generate sound algorithmically. Parameter translation is performed by eegOSC, and the stage music is generated through EEGmus, two original pieces of software developed within the project.

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26-28 May 2022 | National University of Theater and Film, CINETic Center, Bucharest Theatrical representation is one of the most complex forms of social interaction. Bringing together storytelling, physical action, role play and emotions, theatre encapsulates the core of human experience. Theatre therapy emerged at the beginning of the last century with the influential work of Jacob Levi Moreno, a Bucharest-born psychologist. Currently, we have a wide range of theatrical and art healing approaches which aim to cultivate a harmonious and healthy society. Drama therapy professional associations and practices are growing in number on every continent, based on the proven potential of theatre and art interventions as therapeutic processes. Current practices would benefit from understanding the mechanism on why and how different elements of theatre practice and therapy are beneficial to humans. Cross-disciplinary research in social neuroscience, psychology and theater provide the tools to advance knowledge on the biological substrates for theater therapy and their healing mechanisms. In this spirit, the conference MET Neuroscience and Theater Therapy will bring together researchers that approach social behaviors in humans and animal models from diverse angles. The focus will be on neural, hormonal and psychological processes engaged by simple and complex social interactions and their possible implications on Theatre therapies. The conference will host invited talks and communications selected from our open call. Call for submissions We are looking for submissions of novel results at the intersection of neuroscience, theatre, drama therapy, psychology, art therapy. Key words: imitative behavior, role play, imaginary actions, improvisation, dramatic action, performance, art therapy, embodiment, presence, conflict and conflict resolution, bonding, closeness, social learning and memory, synchrony, social buffering, stress Selected contributions will be presented in online communication format of 10 minutes. In order to apply you can click here to submit your title, authors & affiliation, abstract and figure. Timeline Submissions: From 21 February to 3 May Accepted communications will be announced on 7 of May. Sending recorded presentations of accepted communications by 10 of May. Each presentation will have a maximum of 7 minutes. Selected presentations will have online QA sessions organized on topics. Registration: will open on 15 of April-15 of May. 26-28 May Conference Keynote talks Patricia Churchland, University of California, USA. Christian Doeller, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany Renée Emunah, California Institute of Integral Studies Robert C. Froemke, New York University School of Medicine, USA, MET-UNATC, RO Larry Young, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA Invited talks Uri Alon Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel John Bergman, Hollins University, Roanoke,VA, USA Bart Boets, KU Leuven University, Belgium Jane Lester Bourne, Leeds, UK Ioana Carcea, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School USA, UNATC RO Thomas Elbert, University of Konstanz, DE Jonas Everaert, Ghent University, Belgium | Yale University, USA Takefumi Kikusui, Azabu University, Kanagawa, Japan Youval Liron, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel Stig Poulsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Celia Sales, University of Porto, Portugal Nisha Sajnani, New York University Steinhardt, USA Rinat Feniger‑Schaal, University of Haifa, Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Centre, Israel. Daniela Vallentin, DE
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The scientific objective of the MET project implemented by UNATC IL Caragiale through a EU Grant on POC competition is to research are to understand the biochemical, neuro-functional and behavioral substrates of drama therapy and to use this knowledge for developing novel psychotherapeutic methods for the drug-free prevention and treatment of stress, of neurodegenerative dysfunctions and psychiatric symptoms. Our hypothesis is that drama therapy controls neuronal activity and plasticity also by adjusting the release of two neuromodulators, oxytocin and cortisol, and by modulating the activity of the immune system. MET is led by PI PhD Ioana Carcea Assistant professor at Rutgers University.