Develop Attention Span of Your Child With Music. Part 9.
From General to Details
A newborn can observe a face for long periods of time, staring into his features. However, this does not mean that he will immediately remember them.
Thus, a baby may not immediately recognize his mother and can start crying if she puts on a wig and new clothes. But if he hears a familiar voice, he will immediately calm down. This suggests that a baby first sees a general image and then focuses on details.
Attention Habits Remain With Us For the Rest of Our Live
Over the years, our attention continutes to follow the footsteps of its original formation. As we grow up, we continue sending our attention through already established channels. This happens due to specifics of our nervous system. As previously written, the most stable neural connections are those that are used the longest and the most frequently.
Thus, having lost a phone, we try to locate it by sound.
When introduced to a new visual image, we first embrace the general picture and then look at details. Looking at the grass, we first notice the lawn instead of every blade of grass on it.
Scents carry some of the most powerful memories: no matter how many years have passed, scents of the past keep our memories alive.
Sense of touch: we prefer to get acquainted with the new devices by directly interacting with them instead of reading instructions. That is why stores often offer product samples.
Attention and Multisensory Perception Channels
The more channels of perception are involved in the actual process of perception, the stronger the energy of the student’s attention at the beginning of training. Tactile and muscular perception assists active interaction with learning materials, while vision and hearing assists with passive interaction. Working together, these channels of perception create an ideal platform for the student’s learning.
Playing keyboard instruments with both hands and reading music is the ideal environment for development of child’s attention.