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In the Mind's Eye: Enhancing Human Performance (1991)

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Suggested Citation:"Part I Overview." National Research Council. 1991. In the Mind's Eye: Enhancing Human Performance. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1580.
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PART I

Overview

THE TWO CHAPTERS IN THIS PART PROVIDE the background for the committee's study and a summary of its key findings and conclusions. Chapter 1 describes the history of the project, summarizes the conclusions of the committee's first report, describes tasks for the second phase of work, and presents overviews of each of the chapters in this book.

The committee's key findings and conclusions are summarized in Chapter 2. Three types of conclusions are presented: those that summarize implications from completed research, those that call for needed research, and those that have practical implications for organizational contexts. The committee's detailed conclusions on each topic are presented in the final sections of each chapter.

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The archer stands and pulls back the bow, visualizing the path of the arrow to the target. Does this mental exercise enhance performance? Can we all use such techniques to improve performance in our daily lives?

In the Mind's Eye addresses these and other intriguing questions. This volume considers basic issues of performance, exploring how techniques for quick learning affect long-term retention, whether an expert's behavior can serve as a model for beginners, if team performance is the sum of individual members' performances, and whether subliminal learning has a basis in science.

The book also considers meditation and some other pain control techniques. Deceit and the ability to detect deception are explored in detail. In the area of self-assessment techniques for career development, the volume evaluates the widely used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

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