Does Subliminal Learning Work?

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by Aye B edited by Lynne Hand

Subliminal learning is the use of techniques that allow people to learn even without any conscious effort at all.  It does this by exposing someone to stimulus that they are not, or are barely aware of,  images that flash on the screen for barely perceptible moments, words played over and over again at a volume just above the hearing threshold, or other such stimulus. The discovery of such methods has aroused the excitement of many people because of its potential to boost the learning process and make acquiring new skills a lot more painless and effective.

If this were true, the possibilities would be endless. Just imagine, you would be able to learn new things without having to buckle down and do the dirty work. For example, it has been suggested that it is theoretically possible to learn a language using subliminal techniques - no need for books, teachers, and other learning implements, except for your subliminal learning equipment. You also won't have to lose time to learn tedious language lessons. You could have your subliminal equipment on while you do other stuff - and in some programs - even while you sleep.

Some common applications of subliminal learning include new languages, vocabulary skills, music, and even behaviour modification programs.

It may seem ridiculous at first, but once you get a good grasp of the theories of learning - plus the potential and limitations of subliminal learning - you will find out that it really isn't impossible after all. For example, there are actually things you do every day that you learn even if you don't expend any conscious effort to do so.

Ever wondered how a song got stuck in your head even if you hated the song and tried your best not to pay attention to it? Somehow, the meaty chorus of the song finds its way into your subconscious and never leaves, doesn't it?

What about words? Haven't you wondered how a certain word popped into your vocabulary even though you can't remember having tried to memorize the word or use it purposefully? You probably heard the word somewhere - maybe at work, or from your friends, or even from the TV or the radio, and suddenly, poof, it's made permanent residence in your head - without your being aware of it.

Now, looking at these examples, people have begun to wonder about the possibilities.  What if we could push the envelope and take advantage of this particular quirk in one's learning process to somehow "accelerate" the rate of learning among students? Thus was born the wonders of subliminal learning.

Scientists have been digging hard and thoroughly on the subject of subliminal learning. Although it is theoretically possible to have such techniques do much for accelerated learning, there will always be sceptics who look for empirical proof from scientific studies before even considering subliminal learning.  But, little by little, scientists have come to learn more about how we process and store knowledge, and are receiving heartening results from their studies on subliminal learning.

On a small scale, they are convinced that some skills can be learned through subliminal learning - especially those that are not "high-process" data such as patterns, words, numbers, and other easy visual data.  But other skills such as languages and mathematics are "high-process" skills, and they still require your full attention and thought when being performed.  However, learning these skills may still be beneficial when used in conjunction with subliminal learning.

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