How You Can Have Interest and Attention In What You Are Reading.
The laws of interest and attention are inseparable. This is so because you cannot pay attention if you aren’t interested and if you are interested you will invariably naturally pay attention. It has been said time and time again that people forget because they didn’t get it in the first place. By not getting it, it means they didn’t pay attention in the first place. They are there but not present.. “Can you tell me what I just said”, my teacher asked, “What did you just say was my response. This is double tragedy. In the first place I didn’t get his question; secondly, I don’t know the answer.
What as the reason?
I just traveled to my house in my mind’s eye and was cooking rice with my mother. That day according to my family menu was the day of rice and rice days are my best days. I don’t know of you. I was already salivating remembering the sweet taste of stew. Intact my mother can win the award as the best cook in the world. Little ingredients; yet, great taste. Little wonder when I got a chance I opened a restaurant. I learned cooking from my mum. In class 90% of the students don’t pay attention 90% of the time. They are there 100% but present 10% or even less. As you are even reading this book, take inventory where and where you have been. As a check, ask yourself every 10-20 minutes where you are now? How can you pay attention when you are not interested? How can you be interested in knowledge when you don’t know the value of knowledge? Its only if you know the value of knowledge would you ever be interested.
Your interest in a thing grows when you can find enough reason for that thing. The value of a thing to you defines how much motivation you have to get that. If you believe you have to learn a thing to receive the accolade of your fellow men, or to earn their respect, chances are that you will learn it because you have enough motivation to learn it. Again if the entire world has to beat their path to your house because of a very important discovery you made certainly you will invest your time and energy to make it happen through learning. This is what knowledge will do for you.
The hippocampus located in the forebrain, according to Larry squire a neuropsychologist at the University of California, San Diego Plays a crucial role in cataloguing memories. This is one of his ground breaking research findings which he conducted on exploration of the components of the brain responsible for learning and memory processes .Another researcher at the university of Oreton, Robert Sylvester believes that the hippocampus acts like a librarian, weighing information, cataloging it and filling it away. That hippocampus goes as far as determine which information is valuable or will serve a purpose. That is why if you want to remember a thing you should predetermine ahead of time the role that thing will play in your personal, professional, spiritual emotional life. What Practical consequences or application is it going to serve you either in the short or long run of it.
It is when the hippocampus has weighed the information, found it important that it goes as far as transferring it to the long term memory.
Therefore, before information is stored in the long In what way will this help me meet my responsibilities? If the hippocampus finds an answer to these questions, be sure that, that information is secured and can be remembered. This is most especially if the reason is strong. If the reason is strong enough the interest would be very high and therefore the memory would be strongly fixed. How motivated you are enhances your chances of remembering and learning.
Man s most of the time interested in what helps him meet the most pressing need at the moment. When there is a sensory input, say you heard, read, or saw or felt something; it is the hippocampus that first begins the process of information processing and therefore plays a crucial role in memory. According to Squire, when the hippocampus processes the is formation, facts or events It temporarily stores it is the short term memory. This gives the brain time to decide if the input into, the brain is worth remembering or should be forgotten. If something is important, the hippocampus helps store it in specific parts of the neocortex for long term memory, if it deemed valueless it forgotten.
That’s why it’s important to
Formulate questions at the beginning of every learning assignment
Know how useful the answers to those question found will serve your spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs.
Will it save life?
Will it make the world a better place?
Will it advance knowledge?
Will it …
What problem will it solve in real life that if applied will be the solution for someone somewhere who is looking for it?
When you have found the answers, it is time to ask yourself the most crucial question. How will I remember it?
In reality when we believe we need to learn something for our interest and thriving, e learn it. When we discover the benefits for knowing something we make efforts to learn it.
The stronger the intrinsic motivation, the greater your chances of remembering the information. Remembering lasts only for a while when learning is extrinsically driven. When learning is for test taking or exam; or interview, assignment it is said to be extrinsically driven.
When learning is to fill the emptiness everyone is born with, or to satisfy the natural curiosity inherent in every individual, or to solve problems in the society, learning is said to be intrinsically driven
The danger in extrinsically motivated learning is that learning is done to avoid failure. The yearning to learn is replaced by fear of failure. When that happens you will be afraid of forgetting what you have learned. Learning becomes drudgery.
It is extremely important + reading the books of experts in your field and internalizing the knowledge makes you an expert. After all what is it that have made the expert, expert in his field, is it not what he knows which others don’t know? And now come to think of it the experts in every field and domain of study have poured out what they know in a book. Are we not therefore fortunate?