The Incredible Power of Visual Learning
Here is an excerpt from an article that just appeared in Scientific American Mind. It's
from the April/May 2006 edition:
"Humans See, Human Do - Brain Cells That Mirror Actions We See Are Key to Learning..."
"[Mirror] neurons are scattered throughout key parts of our brain -- the premotor cortext
and centers for language, empathy, and pain -- and fire not only as we perform a certain
action but also when we watch someone else perform that action. These neurons have been
studied in the past for their roles in movement and other functions. Now, however,
researchers are examining them intensely for what seems to be an additional function --
the way they fire in response to something observed. The discovery of this mechanism, made
about a decade ago, suggests that everything we watch someone else do, we do as well -- in
our minds. At its most basic, this finding means we mentally rehearse or imitate every
action we witness, whether it is a somersault or a subtle smile. It explains how we
learn to smile, talk, walk, dance, or play tennis."
Scientific American Mind
Hi-techtennis is designed to MAXIMIZE visual learning. My
site contains video after video, clip after clip of pros hitting balls
in beautiful slow motion footage. Your "mirror neurons" will automatically take
these images and start to make sense of them. As you watch the clips, your
body will instinctively try to copy the professional motions as your mirror neurons fire in
response to the images.
You will also find, in an almost weird way,
that if you watch the clips for awhile and then go play, you will start to incorporate
pro movements unconsciously. This kind of learning is so much faster
and deeper than traditional tennis instruction, which is almost 100% verbal. Instructions
like "take your racquet back" and "follow through" are foreign to your "mirror neuron" system.
I remember as a junior being told to "get my elbow up" on the serve.
I tried for days to figure out what the coach meant but couldn't translate his words into anything
visual or kinesthetic. If I could have just seen a picture
of this, it would have saved me so much frustration.
Hi-techtennis transports you directly into the secret, slowed down world of professional tennis. You will not
only learn how the pros hit, you will also experience their technique by watching. High speed
video is a miracle to sports instruction and I think you will be stunned at just how far
visual learning can take your game.