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How can we take this science and use it to help children/people learn to move more efficiently/effectively in their world?

I am a teacher wondering how much more information we can find that will unlock the brain and its potential. Learning through movement and developing more complex neuro-connections and creating more "previous knowledge" from which to draw more information for movement and learning.

  • Jan 3 2012: Good points Franis.We have seen a movement, pardon the pun, away from general non-sport specific exercises to increasingly specialized sport-specific programs at a younger and younger age. Even worse than this however is the complete lack of physical activity by so many of our youth. PE programs are often the first to be cut in a tight budget. For those interested check out Brain Gym, or some of the wonderful CrossFit Youth programs.
  • Dec 15 2011: Nice question.
    I thought the most interesting point that was covered in the talk, aside from the "noise" factor, was the unreliability of effort - that the brain underestimates the force it's applying. People by design "don't know their own strength." So we're naturally engineered to overuse effort. This implies that we need a means to under-use our sense of effort. I can remember an old game of "pickup sticks" or Jenko that would be a fun demonstration of this.

    Most fun is using the format of delivering the scientific fact, and then doing an experiment demonstrating how this fact is operating in one's own movements - than having kids figure out how they could use this information personally. Did you know that your sense of internal directional movement in space and relative effort to make it is relative - although it feels like absolute truth? Repeat a motion enough, and the sense that you're doing it disappears.

    Studying the process of how we train ourselves to establish routines and habits (and to be free of them) is covered in the field of Alexander Technique. A.T. offers a means to revise muscle memory, after it's established that is a sort of Operating Manual for bodily movement.

    Also studying animal training would be a fun place to start too - perhaps via the old experiments of a human impersonating the animal who gets trained to do odd things by a fledgling trainer - from an old book called "Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor.
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    Dec 13 2011: II think you have a good question.
    50 years ago children played outside, climbing and running, girls had all kind of ballgames, rope-skipping and many more.
    This all established a good preposition for learning skills and theorem.
    It would be a good thing as children played games on school to stimulate them, games with a lot of juggling, acrobatics and goggling. From the age of 9 they love this. Singing and creative things like sketching, painting and acting would be important for even more reasons. I think this all is much neglected and under valuated over the years.
    How to make this a reality, I do not know. To acknowledge this need is a first step however.