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Tapping into Plasticity through Repetitive Tasks

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Tapping into plasticity through repetitive tasks involves completing a task repeatedly and making errors. The altradian cycle suggests that during the first five to ten minutes of the task, the mind will drift and focus will kick in. After about ten or fifteen minutes, there will be an hour of focused learning, followed by the mind starting to drift and flicker. The learning bout typically lasts for about ninety minutes. During the seven to thirty minutes of making errors, frustration liberates the chemical cues that signal plasticity. This frustration highlights the neurons responsible for the errors and highlights the path for change. After a period of rest, the brain is able to remember and perform better. Most people can only tolerate one or two intense learning bouts per day. The key is to focus on making errors to cue the nervous system that change is needed.

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