Mirror Neurons – Who Do You Have To Stare At? Heard of “Vicarious Victory”

Want to use the Mirror Neurons?  Who Do You Have To Stare At?

I am not going to go into a lot of detail here, but I will cite one reference that made a big impression: Daniel Coyle in his fabulous books "The Talent Code" and the "Little Book of Talent" details how when he was investigating the subject of learning he kept on seeing learners 'staring at people'.   

Daniel Coyle Author of The Talent Code, coined the phrase "Who Do You Have To Stare At?"

So much so that he examined the concept of imitation and mirror neurons which in Primates are neurons in your brain which fire

[Quote from wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ mMirror_neuron  

A) When an animal acts.

B) When the animal observes the same action performed by another. 

Thus, the neuron "mirrors" the behaviour of the other, as though the observer ere itself acting.

There are many theories of why this system is in our brains.  Many studies have been done showing that this system can be used for learning new skills by imitation, Daniel Coyle details a tennis coach who taught beginners to play a decent game of tenis in twenty minutes without saying a word.  "Just using look at me and imitate me..."

Another great example from a Scientist and great author is Piers Steel in his book "The Procrastination Equation" where he writes of a term that I had not heard of in my life before "Vicarious Victory".  (Sidebar: What in the name of the wee man does "Vicarious" mean?  Well it has a special meaning and seems to be a lot more common in US English than her in Scotland.  Vicarious is linked to the word 'vicar', a vicar means a substitute, like a Vicar of Christ, being a substitute for the aforementioned deified Jesus).  What Vicarious means generally in the US, is to describe someone who lives their life through others, but in Piers Steel's book he suggests, strongly suggests that you can learn from this technique and be inspired by Vicarious Victories of your heroes, he gives examples which you should read in the original book, but his theory dovetails exactly with Coyle's: If you want to be a great writer, or footballer, or businessman or guitar player - study inspirational role models and you will feel what they feel - and it will help.  That's Pure Mirror Neuron Theory.   



So what has this got to do with memory then?

The reason we are interested in mirror neurons and vicarious victory here is because they may help ENCODE vivid, memorable mental images to REMEMBER PRESENTATIONS.  

Certainly mental images where you see an action are more vivid and more easily recalled than static word based memories.

Above you will see twelve authors or business people the writer is using to prepare a talk.  I memorise their names and have watched them on You Tube and therefore can associate their ideas more easily into my presentation.  I have stared at them.  I remember their works more easily.  And by placing them in a Memory Palace, I can remember them in order and speak without notes about their work and its relevance to my talk... 

Charles Duhigg, Author of "Habit" speaks of repeated actions based on being aware of your own and others' behaviour, classic mirror neurons

 I do not have any proof of this to give you, it was only an experiment.   But the strategy is what interests us here. 

If you are interested - do look into them.  It's interesting. 


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