Vox Documentary “Pure head talk with Nora Tschirner”: Thoughts about thinking

Vox Documentary "Pure head talk with Nora Tschirner": Thoughts about thinking

Updated on 11/02/2022 10:14 PM

“If you think, you think, you only think, you think”. No one knows what Günter Gabriel was thinking when he wrote this song for Julian Werding. But the truth is that people think a lot about their thinking. One of these people is Nora Tschirner and in her Vox documentary “Rein Kofsche mit Nora Tschirner” she meets other people at Vox on Wednesday evenings who are more concerned with thinking and mind. And also have to deal with trauma.

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“I’m taking you on an adventure into the brain – my brain. Because I want to find out if the performance of an occupational brain can be improved,” explains Nora Tschirner What he has planned for his documentation at the very beginning. The fact that Tschirner provided his brain for this brain-correction experiment is not just for practical reasons. The actress suffered a stroke 12 years ago during a shoot, when she got stuck in a kayak and was underwater for a while: “I felt like I was under water forever.

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Since then, this phenomenon has gripped me over and over again,” Tschirner says and now wants to find out “why fear can develop a life of its own, take control, and what you can do about it.” . Think? Someone who might know this, is Daniel Wagner. With Tschirner, the psychotherapist discovers what is “stored” in his fears and why. As for Tschirner, it’s also down to the nitty-gritty when Wagner and he visit this memory. In practice, this means: Let’s start the water!

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“There is a rational and emotional department of the brain”

“Journey from the jetty, I had a feeling: we are going to Mordor,” Tschirner describes his emotional state during a short canoe trip, and Wagner explains not only why this happens, but repeatedly inside. Comes and works with him too. boat to make sure Mordor is feeling vulnerable. This is as challenging for Tschirner as it is interesting to the audience, as Wagner explains what are the acts of fear and which are coping strategies, and Tschirner summarizes the shell of the brain.

Accordingly, there is a “causal department” that contains working memory, and a “feeling department” that specifically controls fear to protect us from danger, for example. “I want to understand and use both departments,” Tschirner explains and now dives deeper into the brain in general and myself in particular. She is going to Nijmegen, Netherlands.

At the university there, she lays down in an MRT and completes some thinking and memory tasks under the supervision of neuroscientist and memory world champion Boris Nikolai Konrad. “Actually, my results are impressive,” Tschirner later says, but of course the documentary is only superficially about him.

Tschirner and his brain are vehicles for bringing the viewer closer to the human brain, its functions and how to improve them, and not only Tschirner’s brain does this job well. The actress proceeds through the documentary without any embarrassment, disclosing private information and with her own witty spiciness or sharp wit. “Good news first: I have a brain and it also shows no abnormalities.”

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“Everything is there,” Tschirner remarked on the MRI images of his brain. This makes the documentary entertaining, but what is even more valuable to viewers is that Tschirner credibly tells how fascinated he is by this journey into the human brain and how it can be improved – and so is the viewer. . On this trip, Tschirner also meets with students at the Torgello boarding school and attends memory training classes.

She learns more memorization techniques with Boris Konrad and “How to Respond Calmly to the Unexpected” with Daniel Wagner, relaxation techniques and apnea diver Anna von Boeticher. At the end of all these brain adaptation measures, it’s back to Nijmegen to see what happened. The result: Tschirner’s training paid off. Or as she says: “Something happened there.” And of course Tschirner also acts on his fears to “gain control again.”

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“Reconciliation with the amygdala is a watchdog,” Tschirner explains, and so she completes survival training at a naval school, during which she has to free herself underwater from a helicopter that has landed in an emergency. In Finale Grande, Tschirner then has to remember 50 two-digit numbers, which are then asked again after a gap simulation. “An incentive to deal with their subjects”.

As Tschirner himself noted, in the end it was “Waton, das..?” As is, but it still shows the path Tschirner and his mind have taken in the context of this documentary. Finally, Vox notes that the developments were “only excerpts from a process that lasted several months”, which during this time was only possible through the accompaniment of a “very medically-experienced person” in front of the camera. However, this restriction plays no role in what this documentation achieves, as Tschirner achieves two goals with “Rein Kofschach”.

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Experts’ information on the one hand, through their own explanations and interesting graphics to bring the human brain closer. Of course, not at all scientific complexity and doesn’t take the place of psychotherapy for Tschirner to deal with his fears.

But the documentary does not claim that, it cannot and should not be. Because, and this is the second merit of the documentary: on an emotional level, the documentary is actually an “incentive to tackle one’s subjects” on the one hand, as Tschiner himself puts it. And on the other hand, it prompts you to go even deeper and think about thinking about the brain.

Pure Head Talk with Nora Tschirner” Wednesdays at 8:15 p.m. on Vox and again on RTL+ Media Library.

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