spatial learning

ree-fireparrot  asked:

Is there such thing as a martial arts disciplines or techniques that "suit" someone? Like if someone is physically on the small, weak side but has good reflexes and spatial judgment would they emphasize techniques that rely on accuracy (or hitting people where you can cause lots of pain without lots of strength)? Or is it less what you learn and more how you use it? Am I making sense? (If the answer to the first question is yes, what's a good discipline for the character in my example?)

You train your body to your style. In terms of physicality, there’s no barrier for entry. You adapt the techniques to your body as you train. It’s a common misconception that you need a certain body type to be able to fight, or to be good at it. Training takes care of the issue. The kind of physical training you engage in will mold your body. Practice, dedication, attention to detail, correction of errors, and time are all it takes.

There are martial disciplines that will “suit” someone, but those are psychological and philosophical in nature. Learning is faster when you desire to learn, and when the fighting style doesn’t counter your own goals. If you are mentally rejecting your training, then training will be almost impossible and produce poor results. A fast, brutal fighting style that focuses heavily on joint breaks will not suit a character with a gentle nature, who wishes to do as little damage as possible. Someone who wants a more inward focused and philosophical martial art will do better with Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan than they will with the sport focused Taekwondo.

The problem with your example is that it’s incredibly general and focuses on the character’s body rather than the character themselves. There is no good answer to it because the answer is, “all of them”.

Using physical strength as a metric for what kind of fighting your character can participate in or what martial arts they can learn is for stat based games like Dungeons & Dragons. You can take the abilities listed and apply it to any martial art you want. As I’ve said before many times, it’s better to work the other way around by finding your martial art then figuring out what you’re characters physical skills are going to look like as a result of their training. Trying to apply the combat style the other way around ultimately results in window dressing. Especially since, “all of them”.

All martial arts will hone and develop your character’s reflexes. So, the question is ultimately not that your character has good reflexes but rather, how were they developed?

You learn to judge distance through training exercises with your partner. All martial artists need spatial awareness.

You will learn accuracy by practicing your strikes on targets and then against live human partners.

Martial arts don’t rely on physical strength alone for damage, it’s cumulative and a balance of multiple factors that are all developed by training. Speed, accuracy, flexibility, momentum, endurance, learning where to hit and how to hit to achieve your desired results, your ability to move your body together, timing, these are what most people mistakenly refer to as, “physical strength”. Often, genuine effort and hard work are mistaken for natural gifts.

”Who is my character?”

“What do they do?”

“What do they want to be doing when fighting? Their philosophical outlook on the nature of combat? Their morals? What do they believe in?”

“What kind of fighting will they be involved in?”

“What kind of fight scenes do I feel comfortable writing?”

“What is my genre?”

What interests you and your character, who they are as a person, what you’re going to ask them to fight in your narrative, and, of course, how closely you want to hew to reality are what you should use to narrow down your search. After that, it’s gravy.


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Reblog if you have Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a learning disability that interferes with learning mathmatics, spatial awareness and directional sense, sometimes fine motor skills as well.  

I just want to know how many of us are out there, and if you feel comfortable, please add how well you can do ‘Normal” things like drive a car and whatnot.  

I’m curious, and I”m tired of feeling alone in this.

anonymous asked:

Hi! First off, your art is amazing! I've been trying to get better at drawing (not super good haha), and your page inspired me to experiment with different show everyone how art of all forms is beautiful! Any advice on starting out and bettering your skills? I know practice helps, is there anything else I should do? I'm not really able to buy fancy supplies or anything, but I do have the motivation. Any tips are welcome, thank you!! ^_^

HMM. try drawing from life or really nice pictures! I do that a lot, especially with a lot of my drawings. (this is probably cos i lack/imagination/spatial recognition but! i learn from it anyway.) or try to sketch with a pen/anything permanent instead of a pencil ;^) OH AND THANKS. i wish you luck in your art endeavors!!! 

anonymous asked:

I don't see bats understanding water displacement, or using tools. Crows>Bats

yeah sorry while your crows are busy dropping rocks in water and poking things with sticks bats are busy forging long-lasting relationships in colonies numbering in the millions, with fission-fusion societies that closely resemble those of primates, social learning, flexible learning, incredible spatial cognition, among other things. Oh, and to my knowledge tool use has not been studied in bats… but given that I’ve seen fruit bats manipulating and carrying objects as well as lifting up plastic chains link by link, who’s to say it doesn’t exist?

Well, you can’t blame birds for being jealous of other animals who are fast, intelligent, AND beautiful.


Linguistic Intelligence 

Linguistic intelligence, also known as word smart, is the ability to portray intricate ideas through the use of words. It is also the ability to think in words. 

Bodily-Kinestetic Intelligence 

This type of intelligence ties in with coordination and ability to use physical objects.  

Interpersonal Intelligence 

If you have high interpersonal intelligence, you can probably read people with ease and know how to comfort your friends. You are probably also on good terms with most or all of the people you know. 

Intrapersonal Intelligence 

Also known as self smart, intrapersonal intelligence is how well you know yourself. You understand your own thoughts and feelings to a high degree and you know your strengths and weaknesses. Intrapersonal intelligence is very important when choosing a career or path for your life.

Spatial Intelligence

People with well-developed spatial intelligence are often artistic and are visual learners. Spatial intelligence allows your mind to create dazzling imagery and layer visual things with ease.

Musical Intelligence

Musical intelligence is being able to recognize and use rhythm, tone-color, pitch, beats, and other aspects of music. People with higher musical intelligence will find it easier to pick up new instruments and can also sound things out with much more ease than people with lower musical intelligence. 

Naturalist Intelligence

People who feel a strong connection with nature or animals often have high levels of naturalist intelligence. These people will often be outdoors types, or do something that works with natural elements such as gardening. 

Logical-Mathmatical Intelligence

Standard intelligence is often based on logical-mathmatical capabilities. This intelligence deals with giving you the capability to predict, hypothesize, calculate, configure, solve math problems, and more. 

My learning styles are Visual (Spatial) and Physical (Kinesthetic)

Visual learners prefer to use images, pictures, colours and maps to organize information and ideas. It is extremely easy for them to visualize things in their mind, they have good spatial sense, which means they rarely get lost. They love drawing and scribbling, specially with colours.

Physical learners use their body and sense of touch to learn. They are more sensitive to the world around them, they notice and appreciate details such as the texture of clothes and furniture. When learning, they’d rather jump in and play with the physical parts instead of listening to a lecture about it.

Prepubertal stress in the context of social support promotes resilience to age-related cognitive decline

Women are particularly susceptible to adverse environmental influences during puberty. Insults occurring during this period are thought to precipitate adult affective disorders in women, which commonly emerge during aging and are associated with difficulties in emotion regulation and prefrontal cortex-dependent executive function. Indeed, risk factors for late-onset cognitive and affective disorders in women include prepubertal adversity, a time that coincides with PFC maturation

Prior work has shown that the effects of early life adversity may be ameliorated by a supportive social environment, and that social support is a robust predictor of long-term resiliency. Moreover, a mild amount of stress during early life has been associated with improved coping skills in adulthood, suggesting that resiliency is a valuable characteristic aligned with future success. However, the interaction between prepubertal stress, social support and late-onset cognitive decline characteristic of aging remains relatively unexplored. 

The Bale lab developed a mouse model to examine the interaction between prepubertal experience and age-related changes in cognition and stress regulation.

Female mice were exposed to prepubertal chronic variable stress (CVS) from postnatal day 21-34 and either individually housed, to model stress susceptibility (CVS-S), or housed with social interaction, to model resiliency (CVS-R). One year following this stress, mice were examined in tasks to access their cognition and their HPA stress axis reactivity.

The researchers found that aged females displayed significantly lower circulating estradiol than young controls (menopause much?), which was unaffected by prepubertal stress. To examine cognition, the researchers tested spatial memory acquisition and reversal learning on a modified Barnes maze and found that aged female controls displayed a deficit in reversal learning compared to young controls. Interestingly, aged CVS-R females (i.e. social support group) displayed improved performance in reversal learning, suggesting that prepubertal stress with social support promotes resilience. The researchers also found  that CVS-R females have differing PFC gene expression compared to both control and CVS-S females following reversal learning. 


K. E. MORRISON, C. N. EPPERSON, T. L. BALE. Programming grit: Prepubertal stress combined with social support promotes resilience even in the face of aging. Program No. 80.10/KK28. 2014 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2014 . Online. 


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