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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.

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  • 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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