Now that you are all religiously wearing your IKKOS ‘Black Boxes’ and stylishly display them next to your rapidly growing bounty of trophies, let’s take it back a century and a half to when William James wrote, “My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.”   While the IKKOS experience is explicitly presented, it is imperative that your working memory of the task and/or skill be vivid.  To replicate expert movement, IKKOS breaks down the sensory components for you in novel, unique, and if we are doing it well…highly personalized components.

I’d like you to imagine if you can….a Walt Disney style flipbook animation.  

Now leap ahead nearly a century so IKKOS can present the same experience magnified (literally).  You see (get the pun…), human visual perception allows for 10 – 12 frames per second to be processed, so ‘slow motion’ gives you more opportunity to gather relevant information that you may otherwise ‘miss’ in real time.

 

Already bored with reading something when you could be doing IKKOS?  Well head on over to your local coffee shop for a moment, grab your favorite cup, and listen to the bustle.  ‘Conversational noise’ actually allows us to focus almost as if by happenstance.  Similarly, IKKOS binaural beats are at a specifically tuned pitch and frequency directly reflecting the presented motor imagery and the ideal learning environment.  When coupled with earbuds and the beats barely audible, they maximize the IKKOS experience.  Researchers have demonstrated “…that exposure to an acoustic stimulus can facilitate learning when encountered outside of the time of practice on a perceptual task.  By properly using additional stimulation one may markedly improve the efficiency of perceptual training regimens.”3

And if that weren’t enough in and of itself, the sense of time may actually require a brain energy needssense of space.  Action observation of an IKKOS movement is typically 6-10 seconds in duration.  Very few shorter, some a bit longer.  This micro difference for a ‘clip’ creates a wider variance in the overall time spent viewing.  But unequivocally, repetition is the key variable to balancing performance with fatigue in regard to a specific learned movement.  So, much like physically overwhelming a movement later can cause it to breakdown.2; not engaging meaningfully in the learning process inhibits the potential.

Lastly, movement, particularly expert movement, is rhythmic and precise.  To create a solid foundation for motor development, IKKOS content stacks sequenced skills to present tasks as a piece of the greater whole.  And as physiological adaptation requires effective stressors, balance the presentation and implementation accordingly.  If your performance meets/exceeds expectations, congratulations you should skip a stacked skill.  But if you are unsure of your abilities, experts have been known to be able to predict performance from mechanics.  Expertise requires elevating challenges.  So choose another skill and/or task to master.  You might even be happier for it.1   Next week…periodization

1.  Working memory training improves emotional states of healthy individuals.  Takeuchi H, Taki Y, Nouchi R, Hashizume H, Sekiguchi A, Kotozaki Y, Nakagawa S, Miyauchi CM, Sassa Y, Kawashima R.  Front Syst Neurosci. 2014 Oct 16; 8:200.

2.  Fatigue-induced increase in intracortical communication between mid/anterior insular and motor cortex during cycling exercise.  Hilty L, Langer N, Pascual-Marqui R, Boutellier U, Lutz K.  Eur J Neurosci. 2011 Dec;34 (12):2035-42.

3.  Enhancing Perceptual Learning by Combining Practice with Periods of Additional Sensory Stimulation  Beverly A. Wright, Andrew T. Sabin, Yuxuan Zhang, Nicole Marrone, and Matthew B. Fitzgerald.

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