Sunday, March 6, 2011

Touch-activated Ganglion (TAGs)

In every HIPoeces protocol, four modalities should be engaged simultaneously: sound, touch, sight and movement--focusing attention on a sound, word, phrase or prominent discourse element. The action, the nexus of those modalities, we have termed a TAG (touch-activated ganglion), emphasizing the role of touch in the process. Research on the coordination of modalities reported above suggests that the effect of such concentration of attention can be very substantial, as long as the timing and modality parings are optimal. What that means in practical terms is that it is very important that learners are trained to experience all modalities as vividly or intensely as possible (the felt sense of a sound, sound process or bit of text.) That principle has been exploited systematically in all great voice/mind/body systems. My favorite, of course, is that of Arthur Lessac.

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Bill Acton said...

For more on current research and theory on touch, see:
The Cognitive and Neural Correlates of Tactile Memory.Gallace, A. & Spence, C.(2009) Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 135 Issue 3, p380-406,DOI: 10.1037/a0015325

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