#UCSIA15 Exploring Feedforward and Mental Time Travel

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There are four themes in the open online #UCSIA15 course, Sport Informatics and Analytics.

One of the themes is Audiences and Messages. I am keen to explore Feedforward within this theme.

I wrote about Feedforward back in 2009 and I have enjoyed extending my interest for #UCSIA15.

These are some of the newer links I have added:

Feedforward

In a 2012 paper, Peter Dowrick observes:

The most rapid learning by humans can be achieved by mental simulations of future events, based on reconfigured preexisting component skills. These reconsiderations of learning from the future, emphasizing learning from oneself, have coincided with developments in neurocognitive theories of mirror neurons and mental time travel.

I am fascinated by his suggestion that we can learn from the future and engage in mental time travel.

The mindmap for #UCSIA15 gives me an opportunity to explore some of the neurophysiological evidence Peter identifies. A 2014 paper, in which Peter is a co-author, considers how video self modelling can contribute to rapid learning.

Ross Vanderwat (2013) has looked at the place of mirror neurons in this rapid learning.

I am hopeful that the #UCSIA15 node structure will encourage this kind of exploration and contemplation. For example, it provides an opportunity to look at functional near-infrared spectroscropy.

The theme will allow us to consider performance anxiety. Lisa Moody’s (2014) thesis is a real bonus find.

I am looking forward to the topic of feedforward being enriched by the crowdsourced discoveries made by participants in the course.

Photo Credit

Soldier Field Tilt Shift (Michael Baird, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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