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  • The basic idea is that we have two ways of learning new information,

  • we have focused and diffused thinking.

  • Ping Pong explains how to switch between focused

  • and diffused thinking in order to increase

  • your understanding and get creative.

  • Wearing tiny shorts and grunting is optional.

  • Focused learning works by looking at a problem set

  • and trying really hard to get it.

  • It's about actively using every ounce of mental force

  • to understand the problem that is in front of us.

  • It's like seeing a brick wall and reasoning,

  • It's too hard to just run through and too tall to climb.”

  • Diffused learning is just letting your mind wander without a plan.

  • It can deepen your understanding

  • or trigger new creative thoughts.

  • With diffused learning your mind might say,

  • Hey, why don't we tie a bunch of balloons together and just float over it?”

  • Both processes are important to maximise

  • your understanding of a problem you're facing.

  • To truly optimize your learning,

  • play ping pong between the two:

  • focus, relax, focus, relax, focus, relax,…

  • The best practice is to first focus all your attention,

  • ideally shutting off any distractions

  • like your phone and other noise.

  • After doing this for a while

  • (a timer can be used)

  • deliberately stop to focus and let your mind freely wander.

  • This is when the brain connects

  • what you just focused on

  • with other information stored in your memory,

  • which leads to deeper thinking,

  • better retention

  • and allows for creative thoughts to happen.

  • Painter Salvador Dali was using the ping pong technique.

  • After a round of focused work,

  • Dali sat on his arm-chair to think and doze off.

  • In one hand he held a big key

  • and the moment he fell asleep the key dropped.

  • The sound of the key woke him

  • and he would go back to the canvas to continue his focused work.

  • Steve Jobs broke up his daily thinking routine

  • by going out for long walks.

  • The ping pong technique can be useful to study for tests.

  • Start with the most difficult problem,

  • once you get stuck, switch to a more simple one.

  • While doing the easier problem,

  • your brain will keep the difficult problem in its working memory.

  • Without conscious thought,

  • your brain will look for connections

  • and try to make sense of the initial,

  • more difficult problem.

  • Once you are done with the easy problem,

  • go back to the difficult one.

  • Maybe it wasn't as difficult as you thought?

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The basic idea is that we have two ways of learning new information,


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フォーカスされた思考と拡散された思考ピンポンテクニック (Focused and Diffused Thinking: The Ping Pong Technique)

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    Summer に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日