Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Intensity of consciousness
. . . In order to transfer a task from conscious processing to unconscious procedural processing, a certain degree of intensity is needed. When you are young it is easier to learn things since your level of consciousness is somewhat higher. When you grow older more tasks are done on automatic pilot. Transfer will not take place when operating on automatic pilot. Yet it is perfectly possible to learn new things when you grow older. The only thing is that you have to maintain a higher level of consciousness during learning.
. . . It will feel a bit out of your lazy comfortzone, but it is not impossible at all. You can compare it with the intensity of consciousness you felt during learning how to drive a car. If you think about it, is amazing how many tasks you learned to perform automaticly in the 40-100 hours or so that you had driving lessons.
Usually when you learn something quite new it is easy to maintain that high level of intense focus. But when the automatic pilot takes over, plateauting sets in. No matter the amount of repetitions.