Now we know more about how to get really good at something. This is especially useful for people who are engaged in helping others to develop skills and knowledge — and for parents.
Many expressions are not that meaningful, but “Practice makes perfect” has proven time and time again to be true. Now, however, researchers have learned that the more accurate version of this old saying should be, “Specific practice makes perfect.”
A recent article linking neuroscience and skill building gives hope to people who don’t think they’re good enough at anything.
Some children have greater motor challenges than others. They don’t climb trees or hang upside down on the monkey bars; they don’t think they can learn to ride a bike, and maybe they give up easily.
Other kids have trouble learning letters and numbers, and don’t quite understand how to use them, either.
The solution to these challenges sounds obvious when you first hear it. But there’s more to it than might be apparent at first glance. that part of the brain you use to perform this task. You get good at the specific activity that you are exercising.
Researchers have tested this theory for a number of years and have found that many principles of Edelman’s theory seem to be in line with the learning of both cognitive and motor skills. Skill building is a bidirectional process in which one’s behaviour and nervous system influence each other.
“Changes in the nervous system alter function and behaviour, and vice-versa. Changes in function and behaviour bring about changes in the nervous system,” says Professor Sigmundsson.
That means that doing a task repetitively will reorganize your brain so you get better at doing that particular task.