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Biomechanically or Kinesthetically Mnemonic

May 25, 2015

We have long accepted that repetition leads to physical memory, and it is also generally accepted that a large number of reps are needed to ingrain a physical memory (10,000 is the fave). But are some movements or sequences of movements more easily remembered, or more swiftly ingrained than others? In other words, are there sets of movements that are somehow Biomechanically or Kinesthetically Mnemonic? Is this what good drill progression do? Ingrain desired movements more swiftly.

Moreover, are some movements “catchy”? Like a song that you just can’t get out of your head, are there movement patterns that you just can’t get out of your body? Does it follow then that like catchy phrases, these sets of movements are neither intrinsically good nor intrinsically bad, just memorable, indeed “infectious”? So, like lyrics, where we may say that a catchy tune full of misogynist concepts is to be shunned in a society that values equality, so too are som drills or workouts packed with infectious but undesirable mnemonic movements?

mne·mon·ic
nəˈmänik/
noun
1.
a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.
adjective
1.
aiding or designed to aid the memory.

catch·y
ˈkaCHē,ˈkeCHē/
adjective
(of a tune or phrase) instantly appealing and memorable.
“a catchy recruiting slogan”
synonyms: memorable, unforgettable, haunting; appealing, popular; singable, melodious, tuneful, foot-tapping
“I’m not sure what their product is, but they’ve got a catchy little jingle”

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