Thursday, August 8, 2013

Imagination can also be practice

"Research Quarterly reports an experiments on the effects of mental practice on improving skill in sinking basketball free throws.

One group of students actually practiced throwing the ball every day for 20 days, and were scored on the first and last days.
A second group was scored on the first and last days, and engaged in no sort of practice in between.
A third group was scored on the first day, then spent 20 minutes a day, imagining that they were throwing the ball at the goal. When they missed they would imagine that they corrected their aim accordingly.

The first group, which actually practice 20 minutes every day, improved in scoring 24 per cent.
The second group, which had no sort of practice, showed no improvement.
The third group, which practiced in their imagination, improved in scoring 23 per cent!"

-P35 of "Psycho-Cybernetics" by author Maxwell Maltz

This study shows how strong imagination is. Thinking does make it so. Practice in your mind as well as for real.

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