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Friday, April 17, 2020

Fun Friday Implicit Memory

Fun Friday Implicit Memory

Here is a fun scientific concept that most dancers know, but don’t know they know. How’s that for Fun Friday!

The concept is implicit memory. Here is the definition from https://www.livescience.com/43353-implicit-memory.html:  “Implicit memory uses past experiences to remember things without thinking about them.” See, I told you that you already knew this.

Implicit memory is involved in many aspects of our lives, from riding a bicycle to brushing our teeth. Aha! It’s what dancers refer to as “muscle memory”. Of course it’s all much more complex, and for those who’d like more detailed information about how the brain learns movement try this article: https://medium.com/oxford-university/the-amazing-phenomenon-of-muscle-memory-fb1cc4c4726.

Fascinating stuff!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #22r:
“Implicit memory is a part of ballet technique.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Practicing is not only playing your instrument, either by yourself or rehearsing with others - it also includes imagining yourself practicing. Your brain forms the same neural connections and muscle memory whether you are imagining the task or actually doing it.”
-         Yo-Yo Ma

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