Professor Michel Bruynickx gives sports training based on the principles of “Brain Centred Learning”. Agility in Sports is not a matter of muscles, it’s a matter of brain power: coordination, focus, pattern recognition, automatization, collective thinking, etc.
For example reciting math calculations when doing a technical skill training improves the skill training.
This insight, the particular hacking of the connection between brain and body, has all sorts of potential other applications. What goes one way – must go the other way as well ?
For example in Math Classes: it might be better to score the progress of the class as a group vs score individual students. Students will be aware they are individually proficient in maths, but they wouldn’t be graded as such – the motivating factor would/could/should be: how do we score as a group?
Or: you can only solve a difficult math puzzle if you can use the solution another part of the group has come up with.
Or: you have a run through the woods. At a few points in your route, you need to solve a math problem. How fast can the group solve this math-o-run?
Very inspiring. Very true.
I’m looking into how this can be applied to “brainstorming” and “creativity”.
We know from Stanford Research walking improves creativity and brainstorming, by quite a huge factor:
So, how can this be applied any further?
Would it already help to play chess while brainstorming? Playing darts? Playing Pool? Having a choreographed dance? Or just make sure you are moving?
Afraid it will look foolish?
Not when you can improve your results, you won’t. As Amos Tversky says: “People pay an enormous price to avoid mild embarrassment”