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In the article: Auditory Digital Processing, you say that it is not useful for performance situations. What do you mean by performance situations? Can you give a few examples?

You don’t want an internal voice telling you what to do/not to do when you are

  • playing any kind of sport
  • giving a speech or presentation
  • writing a first draft of something (save it for the editing stage)
  • making out
  • singing, dancing, playing an instrument
  • at a job interview
  • having a conversation

Auditory digital makes you conscious of self – how you are performing and also conscious of information that may or may not be relevant. Such as “watch out for that rock! make sure you keep your knees bent, don’t blow this, she looks bored”

That kind of conscious reflection is more useful for planning or after a performance such as “if I hadn’t been so focused on the obvious rock maybe I wouldn’t have hit the tree.”

Many people though only use their auditory digital skills to criticize themselves – “I am such a dummy – I should have x’d” etc. Which rarely helps improve performance or learning.

What usually happens is that as soon as we think something is “important” our internal dialogue comes in and takes over.

Which is like a $300 computer giving orders to a million dollar mainframe. Our unconscious sensory systems notice thousands of pieces of data all at once. Whereas our conscious attention can only manage about 3 to 7 pieces of information at a time.

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