Thought in Action

Thought in Action

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How does thinking affect doing? There is a widely held view that thinking about what you are doing, as you are doing it, hinders performance. Once you have acquired the ability to putt a golf ball, play an arpeggio on the piano, or parallel-park, reflecting on your actions leads to inaccuracies, blunders, and sometimes even utter paralysis--that's what is widely believed. But is it true? After exploring some of the contemporary and historical manifestations of theidea, Barbara Gail Montero develops a theory of expertise which emphasizes the role of the conscious mind in expert action. She aims to dispel various myths about experts who proceed without anyunderstanding of what guides their action, and she analyzes research in both philosophy and psychology that is taken to show that conscious control and explicit monitoring of one's movements impedes well practiced skills. Montero explores a wide range of real-life examples of optimal performance, in sports, the performing arts, healthcare, the military, and other fields, and draws from psychology, neuroscience, and literature to offer a refreshing and persuasive view of expertise, according towhich expert action generally is and ought to be thoughtful, effortful, and reflective.28 For proof, feel free to watch a video on my website: alt;http://barbaramontero. wordpress.com/ 2014/04/17/as-easy-as-pi-100-digits/agt; 29 Beilock and Carr ( 2001) have done some interesting work 234 Intuition, Rationality, and Chess Expertise.


Title:Thought in Action
Author: Barbara Gail Montero
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2016-05-19
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