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    Mental Leaps Cued by Memory’s Ripples
    The same mental processes that organize memories may
    also coordinate how we make intuitive performance leaps.




    Over the past few decades, researchers have worked to uncover the details of how the brain organizes memories. Much remains a mystery, but scientists have identified a key event: the formation of an intense brain wave called a “sharp-wave ripple” (SWR). This process is the brain’s version of an instant replay — a sped-up version of the neural activity that occurred during a recent experience. These ripples are a strikingly synchronous neural symphony, the product of tens of thousands of cells firing over just 100 milliseconds. Any more activity than that could trigger a seizure.

    Now researchers have begun to realize that SWRs may be involved in much more than memory formation. Recently, a slew of high-profile rodent studies have suggested that the brain uses SWRs to anticipate future events. A recent experiment, for example, finds that SWRs connect to activity in the prefrontal cortex, a region at the front of the brain that is involved in planning for the future.

    Studies such as this one have begun to illuminate the complex relationship between memory and the decision-making process.

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    yes, it's interesting in that article they say, "The hippocampus doesn’t just allow instant replays — a kind of mental time travel into the past — it also helps us mentally leap forward.

    In fact, complex planning may be the true benefit of the hippocampus. “That’s the point of having a memory, right?” Frank said. “To go back to the experiences you’ve had, extract general principles from them, and then use those principles to figure out what to do next.”"

    which is similar to a process created by Heartmath and described by Pierce in "the biology of transcendence" author of same, and the "crack in the cosmic egg". that process being:
    The Five Steps of "Freeze-Frame"

    Recognize the stressful feeling and freeze-frame it. Take a time out.
    Make a sincere effort to shift your focus away from the racing mind or disturbed emotions to the area around your heart. Pretend you're breathing through your heart to help focus your energy in this area. Keep your focus there for 10 seconds or more.
    Recall a positive, fun feeling or time you've had in life and attempt to re-experience it.
    Using your intuition, common sense and sincerity, ask your heart, "What would be a more efficient response to the situation, one that will minimize future stress?"
    Listen to what your heart says in answer to your question.


    Pierce has implied in other writings that such methods involving the compassionate heart can help bring about the eureka moments such as occur in creativity.
    edit: Pierce also speaks and writes of torus waves associated with the heart which is kind of similar to the idea of the memory ripples described in this article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sagefr0g View Post
    Recognize the stressful feeling and freeze-frame it. Take a time out.
    Make a sincere effort to shift your focus away from the racing mind or disturbed emotions to the area around your heart. Pretend you're breathing through your heart to help focus your energy in this area. Keep your focus there for 10 seconds or more.
    Recall a positive, fun feeling or time you've had in life and attempt to re-experience it.
    Sounds similar to neuro-linguistic progrogramming.
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