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Marius Nedelcu (M, 35)
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    Learning, Focus and repetition.
    This will be about learning, and the pleasure I discovered in acquiring new skills, making new connections in the brain, creating new meanings etc. I believe learning new things is one of the most beautiful things in this world. Last week I began an experiment and I would like to report on it.

    The question was:
    Is it possible to teach my left hand to write? The answer is yes.

    But that is not the only conclusion I arrived at, the more important thing that I discovered is that intensive concentration on this made me feel very good after each session of intensive practice. It gave me a kick of dopamine or whatever, when I finished the first sheet of lines I was tired but feeling so good.

    So, The experiment consisted in making lines with my left hand on a sheet of paper. One after another, simple lines made with a pen. First row was easy second was a bit messed up, third I noticed myself finding it harder and harder to maintain focus, Slightly shifting to absentmindedness, on the fourth one I took a break to relax a bit than continued. The first lines made after the short break were much better, continuing like this for another 4 minutes I found my focus fading away again, but I kept on forcing it as hard as I could for another 2 or 3 rows, than took another break to relax my hand. When I got back to the task I noticed I can make the lines with greater ease. I was very happy to see some improvement!

    This is how it went till the end of the page, me trying to stay focus as much as I could on the lines. It was not easy, (got a slight headache) but I leaned into the pain trying as much as I could to do straight lines.

    Next days I continued and noticed it was much easier, third acceptable, but noticed that I was starting to get bored with this activity and lost some of the initial enthusiasm(second thoughts like:this is a waste of time) but I managed to motivate myself, I said: it's an experiment I have to cary it out correctly so I kept on focusing, when I've done with that I wrote a few sentences with my left and they were looking promising. Fourth day and so on I stick to the task and made my lines.

    I scanned the pages, here they are day one to day six from top down.

    Ps, if anyone can give any tips or suggest a better method to improve my focus and left hand dexterity please let me know in the comments. Also material about learning and synaptogenesis. I think I'm onto something here, the fact that focusing hard gave me a kick of dopamine makes me want to doit more and better.

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    Autotelic     Sat, Aug 3, 2013  Permanent link
    practice practice practice, maybe even try the letters of the alphabet, then practice some more

    and yes, learning never seems to get old, after a few years of practice I taught myself to shoot pool with left or right hand, sing the alphabet backwards, juggle, and my next goal im looking forward to conquering is a rubix cube.... good luck keep us posted on your improvements

    your mind can conceive it
    your heart can believe it
    you can achieve it
    gamma     Tue, Aug 6, 2013  Permanent link
    I am using mouse with my left hand just for the hell of it. But I'm using it for years now. I first saw my friend do and I thought that it was cool.
    gamma     Tue, Aug 6, 2013  Permanent link
    I see a predictor for global politics in the instability of your writing. Did you consider caching this gift? Do you speak unknown languages?