/Brain scans reveal actors lose their sense of self when acting a role

Brain scans reveal actors lose their sense of self when acting a role

Claire and Leo lose themselves in the moment

Claire and Leo lose themselves in the moment

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It is often said that great actors lose themselves in their roles, and now a brain activity study shows that’s more than just a turn of phrase. While portraying a character, actors experience decreased activity in brain regions that help form a sense of self.

“You have one voice, one face, one body. The more you’re pretending to be someone else, the less of you there is. It’s a zero sum game,” says Steven Brown at McMaster University in Canada. …