Jacky Bryant is the creator of this work. Jacky’s background in hypnotherapy, her experiences in raising her children and her thirst for knowledge in the field of neuroscience and learning, inspired her to get creative.
In today’s online world, information is abundant. We can spend hours engaging with new knowledge: online and offline university courses and lectures, TED talks, google scholar, youtube, BBC television and radio programmes, books, data, data, and more data.
This is how Jacky was able to combine a range of existing principles to create her new approach to learning and re-learning.
Jacky’s particular fascination was the interaction of sequence and processing within a predictive brain. How we are oblivious to the behind scenes processing taking place to enable us to exist within our environment, yet how beholden to those processes we are.
We are aware of illusions, but why does the illusion continue even when we know the true story?
The constant synchronising of complex processes of predictions, pre-conscious processing and consciousness is incredible. For Jacky, understanding the predictive nature of the brain helps us realise more of it’s potential.
A recent BBC Radio 4 series by Professor Barry Smith highlights some of the new understandings about our brains. In this episode: Radio 4 The Uncommon Senses, The Eyes Have It Sir Colin Blakemore talks about consciousness and the delay in processing.
Accepting that our brains create and use predictions means that we can’t ignore that although we think, see, feel, believe and know something to be real – if our brain has miscalculated or misprocessed anything at all, then it will not be accurate.
If you’d like to experience an ‘error’ being caused by a prediction – check out the McGurk effect (Click here for a Youtube clip of a BBC Horizon programme)
We are familiar with unconscious biases. We all have them and we are affected by biases. This recent Claudia Hammond BBC Radio 4 programme provides a refreshing discussion on the topic: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08q60pr
Understanding unconscious biases, and how we can accommodate these biases, should make us more open to other unconscious errors that our brain’s can create.
If any element of ‘data’ is inaccurately processed, the result from that processing will also be inaccurate.
Jacky’s research and careful practice led to Neurothalamology. When something is new, it needs a new name. In true Maureen Lipman style, an ‘ology’ was needed. It is was neuro based, so neuro was included. The thalamus is a crucial key player in brain processing. It’s role is still being investigated and updated, as presented in S Murray Sherman’s research Thalamus plays a central role in ongoing cortical functioning. The name ‘Neurothalamology’ seemed to fit the bill. It might get a different name in the future, but for now, it works.
Using Neurothalamology, through the natural process of learning, we can systematically recalibrate physical sensations, muscle movements and tone. We can use the approach to alleviate stiffness and pain from arthritis, restore movement and sensation after a stroke, reduce some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease enabling sufferers to be more confident and able. It takes time, repetition and specific opportunities for learning, but it is possible.
There are a number of scientific principles that combine to explain how and why Jacky’s approach is having consistent and significant results. If you would like to know more about Jacky’s approach and how it is helping people with their learning and re-learning or are interested in collaborating on such a project, please get in touch via our Contact Us page.
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