Mind Sciences And Law School Success

One element for law school success presented in The Law School Mastery Method is to train your mind to prepare for success.  While most people consider this aspect of the approach to peak performance fairly obvious, the fact is that most law students undermine themselves with sloppy, negative thinking and counterproductive belief systems.

The thing is, remedying this limitation isn’t terribly difficult at all, for those who decide to take the steps and follow the simple drills.  By following the drills, negative thinking is replaced with productive thinking, and poor belief systems are replaced with better belief systems.

One of the steps I outline is to perform constructive mental exercises that will prepare you for success, rather than set you up for failure.  One of the methods is vivid visualization, as a very detailed, multi-sensory visualization is indistinguishable to the subconscious mind from a real event.   As such, it forms a powerful frame of reference for your mind to use when dealing with new situations and circumstances.

So rehearse success, and the physiological states present when you are successful – relaxed, confident, etc. – will be available to you more easily than if you don’t rehearse success.

Well, some folks might snicker and find this a bit esoteric.  The fact is, some cultures had knowledge of the benefits of this approach 1,000s of years ago.  So i was very pleased today to read this article in the New York Times that validates some of that method.  It’s not news to us, but it’s good to see it in print once in a while!

Read the whole article in The New York Times

For the Brain, Remembering Is Like Reliving

Scientists have for the first time recorded individual brain cells in the act of summoning a spontaneous memory, revealing not only where a remembered experience is registered but also, in part, how the brain is able to recreate it.

The recordings, taken from the brains of epilepsy patients being prepared for surgery, demonstrate that these spontaneous memories reside in some of the same neurons that fired most furiously when the recalled event had been experienced. Researchers had long theorized as much but until now had only indirect evidence.

Experts said the study had all but closed the case: For the brain, remembering is a lot like doing (at least in the short term, as the research says nothing about more distant memories).

“The exciting thing about this,” said Dr. Kahana, the University of Pennsylvania professor, “is that it gives us direct biological evidence of what before was almost entirely theoretical.”

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