Stikkord: <span>59 Seconds</span>

bookcoverSM.jpgRichard Wiseman lanserer i disse dager sin nye bok, 59 Seconds. Dette er en anti-selvhjelps-selvhjelpsbok, som har som mål å vise enkle knep man kan bruke for å gjøre viktige endringer i livet sitt, men basert på forskning heller enn myter og feel-good prat.

Richard Wiseman’s latest book exposes self-help myths, and presents fast-acting and scientifically proven techniques that help you achieve your aims and ambitions in less than a minute.

På bokens offisielle nettsted presenterer han i tiden fremover noen tips og utdrag fra boken. Nylig skrev han om hvordan teknikken med å visualisere et mål man ønsker å oppnå, faktisk viser seg å være kontra-produktivt i praksis:

In a study by Lien Pham and Shelley Taylor at the University of California, one group of students were asked to spend a few moments each day visualizing themselves getting a high grade in an important midterm exam. Another group were asked to imagine the process of revision by visualizing when, where and how they intended to study. The study also involved a control group of students, who went about their business as usual. The experimenters asked all of the students to make a note of the number of hours they studied each day, and monitored their final grades.

Man undersøkte altså forskjellen mellom å visualisere målet (få en god karakter på en eksamen), kontra det å visualisere selve studie-/læringsprosessen. I tillegg var det en kontrollgruppe som ikke gjorde noen av delene.

Og hva ble resultatet?

Even though the daydreaming exercise only lasted a few minutes, it had a significant impact on the students’ behavior, causing them to study less, and obtain lower marks in the exam. In contrast, the students who imagined themselves going through the process of studying spent significantly more time revising and eventually obtained higher exam grades. Visualizing the process of study proved especially effective at reducing exam-related anxiety, and helped students better plan and manage their workload.

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