DePaul University + The Second City are “training the next generation of cinematic geniuses.”
Weird science? No. Funny science? Perhaps.
Last year, The Second City partnered with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to explore how evidence-based insights and practices of improvisation can enhance communication, collaboration, and well-being in everyday life.
A little over a year into the project, the Chicago Tribune examined the behavioral science experiments and the insights being uncovered. Second City director and facilitator Piero Procaccini explains:
“The general idea is that we frequently might hold back information, or assume that the person only wants to hear general information, or be apprehensive about sharing personal information, for fear of being judged or not living to a standard, but the opposite is actually true — there is more connectivity if you are willing to self-disclose information.”
The Second Science Project is a free weekly lab held at The Second City Training Center every Friday through Aug. 17 from 4-6 p.m.