posted on Jan, 9 2014 @ 09:43 AM
reply to post by RadarOReilly
No harm in not knowing which variety you're learning. It's all god. I too sometimes participate in a free class at a park down the street from
Anyways, I'd actually enjoy a lengthy technical response in regards to your perspective of tai chi from a neuroscience background. You mentioned
mirror neurons and the basal ganglia. I understand mirror neurons are responsible for how humans and others learn motor movements from others via
observation. Monkey see monkey do so to speak. SO it makes total sense that you would mention that as it mirrors the learning model of what goes on
at that park. I wonder if things like tai chi could be useful as therapy for individuals with various motor dysfunctions.
Also, you mentioned the basal ganglia. I'm not too sure what the basal ganglia does but I think its sorta like the main processing unit in the
center of the brain, responsible for basically coordinating everything the brain is trying to accomplish. Like fuzing emotional and physical stimuli
in real time in response to a situation. I dunno if I got the basics right. But it brings me to a idea that's been rummaging around my head. I
notice that when I slowly do martial arts movements with attention to the details, with mindfulness I guess, that it does have a emotionally soothing
effect almost like meditation and in return even offers a minor somatic high too. SO thats telling me that the movements I'm doing are modulating
somehow what my brain is doing. Like when you listen to percussive music patterns the brain starts to get entrained to the percussive rhythm.
SO could things like tai chi or any similar movement system act in a way like a type of mental therapy too. Could it be used to help autistic
individuals and things like that just by the very nature that it seems to have a roll in modulating the brains basal ganglia and that mirror neurons
might be one of the best keys in accomplishing this. I dunno if I'm conveying my hypothesis well as I'm sorta typing on a stream of consciousness
right now and haven't ever really thought about putting my neurophysical notions into words before.
So possibly there is a accidental genius to tai chi in that it's side effects are so bountiful, even though it was in reality just a family martial
art developed by a family that worked as hired security for caravans.
Thanks for responding initially by the way. I realize my first post towards you was a little crass. But boys will be boys i guess. Still interested
in a possible lengthy reply if you've got the time. So, what say you Radar?