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Is a Clicking Sound Positive Reinforcement at The Nervous System?

Does sound affect motor response (brain to muscles) by its frequency and vibrations? Right, and the primary effects are both physiological and neurological. It is in your mind (psychological) and changes your behavior (body). Sound is to the nervous system what Food is to the physical Body. It feeds us electrical impulses that change our neocortex (brainwaves). Pattern Recognition Our brain – the right hemisphere in particular – searches for pattern identification to create habits. Once a skill (typing, driving, speed reading) is learned, it forms its own neural network and is permanently on auto pilot. So What Lifelong learners, teachers, and executives who influence, persuade and motivate in their career must discover the power of Nonverbal reinforcement. Why? When we communicate with others to instruct, it is human to overcorrect and become a Nag. Learners are very conscious of being Dominated and demeaned. Our goal is to present information as assistance and not domination. Be aware of criticizing-complaining-blaming-threatening-punishing and nagging. If we use a Clicker to offer a sound (instead of words) to confirm success – “Yes, you got it Right!” – you avoid emotional entanglement with the listener. They hear the confirmation of success (click), which travels to their nervous system and activates mind and body as a positive reinforcement to continue to improve. Wait. What happens when you do not get a Click for your behavior and learning? It is still positive feedback that says, Self-Assess, and try again. They are synchronized, aligned and integrated with the Law of Association: they link the clicking sound with self-improvement. Notice how you have to stop nagging – I want, I want - ad nauseam. Some Science For Inquiring Minds Sounds like Clicking and music are of course nonverbal. It means they travel from the our brain’s auditory cortex in a straight line to the middle of our Limbic (emotional) System. Here they control our feelings and effect our motor activities.

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Resonance (echo) and Entrainment (rhythm) create new brain neuropathways to run our new skills and strategies. Get this: these repeated sounds (clicking) trigger the flow of stored long-term memories and imaginary movies. You activate Peak Performance (in-the-flow, zone) by your attention to the Clicks. Why? Both left and right hemispheres are in-sync for better learning. You use your planning, organizing and reason, together with spatial and pattern recognition to learn. Remember, when you imagine practicing and hearing the Click, it is identical to real (actual) practice. Mental movies (pictures) turn your new skills into habits faster. Sit for five-minutes and mentally visualize your new strategies and turn them into repetitious practice to turn the skill into a permanent habit. Peptides And Endorphins Sounds like clicking and music affect your brain’s hypothalamus to secrete endorphins – the pleasure hormones. The sound excites Peptides to stimulate the production of natural Brain Opiates to produce happy feelings. Your mood, attitudes and emotions improve and you learn and remember better. Want to know how to produce more pleasure (endorphins) in your life? Every day take five-minutes to sit quietly and Smile – by imagining your success in learning specific new skills. See your peak-performance in the execution and see the positive results – in your imagination. Smiling After the first ten executives told us they find it impossible to sit still and smile for five-minutes, we made changes. First, a smile means combining your eyes (making crow’s feet on the sides), and second, showing your teeth by raising the sides of your lips. Either one alone is not as powerful and a synchronized effort. Some people cannot sit still for sixty-seconds without anxiety and stress – a lot of executives are included. They cannot give an authentic smile (Duchenne Smile) activating eyes-and-lips. We recommend a one-minute session and just raising the sides of your lips (called a PanAm Smile). It is called faking it (the smile) until you make it. If you practice one-minute daily for ten-days doing the teeth smile, thereafter, your face automatically includes your eyes in an authentic smile. Raise your practice time to two-minutes of smiling and keep slowly increasing.

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The purpose of smiling practice is to train your endorphins to flow because it Associates the clicking sound with pleasure. Endorphins create an immediate positive mood and feelings toward learning and remembering. Call it Positive Reinforcement. Google: mu opioid receptors. Speed Reading And Clicking We have tested the use of the Clicking sound on college students and executives. The reaction of both to this new learning tool was five-to-one in favor of using a nonverbal reinforcement instead of constant self-nagging to learn the speed reading strategies. The secret is the Law of Association and Positive Self-Programming (reinforcement/conditioning). Endwords Do you want to have a unique competitive advantage over your peers in the workplace? It leads to promotions and personal satisfaction with your life. Would the ability to read and remember three (3) books, articles and reports in the time other can hardly finish one, be a valuable skill? Contact us for a free detailed report on speed reading only if you are ready to double your personal productivity in 2010. See ya, copyright © 2010 H. Bernard Wechsler www.speedlearning.org hbw@speedlearning.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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