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    An interesting study on how the perceived size of a target influences accuracy. Could have some cross-over implications for kendo.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/0...ce/?ref=health

    The take-away message seems to be that confidence appears to boost your performance. Not necessarily a new finding, but a novel approach to checking out that hypothesis. I personally feel that it's far more important to boost someone's confidence before a competition, rather than trying to correct technical details.

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    Originally posted by Halcyon View Post
    An interesting study on how the perceived size of a target influences accuracy. Could have some cross-over implications for kendo.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/0...ce/?ref=health

    The take-away message seems to be that confidence appears to boost your performance. Not necessarily a new finding, but a novel approach to checking out that hypothesis. I personally feel that it's far more important to boost someone's confidence before a competition, rather than trying to correct technical details.
    I'm curious if you think that's also true before a grading exam. Or should the focus there be on correcting technical details?

    In any event, thanks for the link.

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      Originally posted by jjcruiser View Post
      I'm curious if you think that's also true before a grading exam. Or should the focus there be on correcting technical details?
      Personally, yes, I think that's true of an exam as well. Though it depends on what kind of time frame you're talking about.

      The way I see it, you're not going to correct technical deficiencies just a few weeks away from a major event. Much better off getting your head into the right space.

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