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Detecting Small Differences

What is the Weber-Fechner Principle?

Weber-Fechner is about detecting small differences.

“You cannot increase your sensitivity unless you reduce your effort,” writes Moshe in his book “The Master Moves.”

Weber-Fechner as stated in wikipeida: “that the just-noticeable difference between two stimuli is proportional to the magnitude of the stimuli. The relationship between stimulus and perception is logarithmic.”

Examples of stimuli are brightness, noise, weight.

How does this principle apply to the Feldenkrais Method®?

Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® provide an opportunity to increase awareness of self, thereby creating new options of being (standing, sitting, walking, thinking, parenting, driving, jumping, playing an instrument, dancing, etc.). ” The learning that enables you to do the thing you know in another way, and one more way, and then three more ways, is the learning that is important.”

Being able to sense small differences is a useful quality in our humanness. It is birth of ideas.

“Go slow enough for your more slow-acting motor cortex (organizes action) to catch up with what you are doing. Going fast evokes automatic previously organized way of doing things.”

The very act of placing attention on something changes it.

What you truly learn best appears to you later as your own discovery.

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