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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is sound better for shaping skills than verbal instructions or pictures?

A: For several reasons:

  •  People are natural mimics – by far the best and most natural mimics in the animal kingdom. They can hear a sound and repeat it with great fidelity with little or no practice.
  •  Making sounds is a muscular, modulated activity stretched over a period of time – just like a lot of skilled movement. So a sound pattern can map very closely to a movement pattern.

  • There are limits to how many things the conscious mind can hold in mind at once. High-level processing like step by step instuctions and image-matching end up interfering with the mental processing that generates and patterns movement. But sound patterns, which are more kinesic and less conceptual, do not cause this cognitive/motor interference.

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Related resources

For more about how the       mind of spontaneous action  works, and how it relates to the mind of conscious          decision making, see:         
The Mind Behind, by Dr. Rust
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