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aprile 04, 2011

Embracing the wide Sky and learning Italian

Scritto in: The science behind learning Italian

What does Daniel Tammet report about mental training?

Wait a minute, don’t you know who Daniel Tammet is? Then you should check this entry on Wikipedia (in Italian) or watch this 48 minute video, that I found on Youtube:

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Well, today I started reading his second book (I haven’t read his first one yet), Embracing the wide Sky, available everywhere and about to be print in Italian too…

As usual I created a mind map before reading it, so that I can focus and get even more interested in the book…


Then, I started rapid reading it when I found about this experiment, that neuroscientist Alvaro Pasqual-Leone held.

“…taught a group of non musician volunteers to play a simple fivefinger piano exercise, then he had them practise in the lab for two hours a day for five days. After a week, brain scans of the volunteers showed an increase in the amount of territory the brain devotes to moving the fingers”

Nothing extraordinary till now, you would say. Read further…

Pasqual-Leone then repeted the experiment with another group of volunteers, asking them this time to rehearse the same five-finger sequence in their heads, while holding their hands still and imagining how they would move their fingers. Subsequent scans of these volunteers showed the same result as for those who had played the sequence with fingers. The scientists’ conclusion: mental imagery may be just as good as actual practice”

Tammets goes on quoting what mental training athletes do to enhance their performances…but I already talked about it in this other article of mine…

I have read further and I have found the book to be quite interesting, so while waiting for a student of mine to show up, I found myself reading the first 76 pages…Great book! I am enjoying it very much!

And it gives even more fundation to the Speak Italian Magically approach;-)!

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