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Why the brain needs clarity, How clear speech equates to clear memory

on 11 November 2018
Hypnosis helps you see clearly

How vagueness ambiguity and negative thinking keeps us from reaching our goals and dreams. But to get what you want, you have to know what it is and define it clearly . . . . . . . . . . . . 

While this research focuses on the speed, clarity, and annunciation, of the words spoken and the effect it has on the brain. One doesn’t have to stretch the imagination too far to understand that vague, ambiguous and/or negatively inclined language also affects brain function. Partially this is because we have to make sense of sensory inputs and because of the speed at which the brain processes language, similarly, it processes meaning at roughly the same speed. This means, that if the language is unclear, vague, ambiguous or negatively inclined, it is far more open to misinterpretation and misunderstanding. All of which affects outcome responses, effectively giving the brain/mind, license to do what it wants; which may be very different from what you want at a conscious level!.

Over my 18 years as a therapist, I began to notice similarities in many clients who were experiencing emotional or mental health issues, it was the way they spoke! And it didn't matter if they were from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, UK, US or Europe. The similarity was the amount of disclarity, ambiguity, vagueness or negative influence of their language, be it verbal, nonverbal, external or internal (self-talk). So, imagine you go into a shop wanting something but you don't know how to describe it, you kind of know what it is, what it does but your description is vague and unclear, what are your chances of getting what you want? Sometimes in situations like this, we walk away with something that is not exactly what we want, often not even close, other times nothing at all. Without clarity, the brain has to work out what it thinks we want and this is where the vagueness and the ambiguity come in to play. Without clarity, the only thing the brain has to work with is our history, our memories, and tied up in all of that, is what we don't want. 

Which brings to mind the old saying, "whatever you do right now, do not think of a pink elephant," this encapsulates this very well, because, in order to not think of a pink elephant, you think of a pink elephant. Clients very often speak in this way. For example, I ask, "what do you want?" They say, "I don't want this anxiety."  It's a pink elephant moment because anxiety is what they don't want but that's where their mind goes. Obviously what they want is to be relaxed, to be calm etc. What they get is the creation of a disorder that may dog them for many years.

Part of my work involves discovering what the client wants as well as cleaning up their language as well as their mind (relative to their linguistic dynamics) and hypnotherapy is the perfect way to do this. This happens because of the unique way that hypnosis communicates with the brain/mind when we are in REM states, the very same place where we have exciting, fun or terrible dreams (the boring mundane dreams occur mostly in NonREM 2). It is also the same place where memories are consolidated and reconsolidated. So, in that sense, hypnosis delivers and consolidates new memories (the therapeutic intervention) and reconsolidates the old memories (dysfunctional thinking). It does this by changing the way memories express themselves or by stopping the expression altogether.

Hypnotherapy stands out as one of the most effective strategic life management methods there is, especially in its ability to promote clear thinking and good states of mental wellness. The behaviours that make life challenging are often a result of too much stress, too little sleep and too little by way of clarity! So, to take back control of your mind and your life, it makes perfect sense to use a methodology that addresses the subconscious mind's role in perpetuating negative, vague and ambiguous states of mind. Hypnosis helps us to create calm relaxing states of mind that make life work better! If you would like to address any concerns you have in this direction, or, if you just want to make your life feel better,  then why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation? Hypnosis gives you the ability to have a good life!

The objective here is to help people understand how and why we become illogically trapped into irrational emotional experiences that may actually be happening for reasons different to that which we would imagine! If you want to know more about how Hypnotherapy can help you; why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation?

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The Research: 

Some conversations are forgotten as soon as they are over, while other exchanges may leave lasting imprints. University of Texas at Austin researchers Sandie Keerstock and Rajka Smiljanic want to understand why and how listeners remember some spoken utterances more clearly than others. They're specifically looking at ways in which clarity of speaking style can affect memory.

Keerstock, a UT Austin doctoral student, and Smiljanic, an associate professor and linguist who heads UTsoundLab, will describe their work at the Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, held in conjunction with the Canadian Acoustical Association's 2018 Acoustics Week in Canada, Nov. 5-9 at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, Canada.

In one experiment, 30 native and 30 non-native English listeners were presented with 72 sentences, broken down into six blocks of 12 sentences each. These sentences -- such as "The grandfather drank the dark coffee" or "The boy carried the heavy chair" -- were alternately produced in two different styles: "clear" speech, in which the speaker talked slowly, articulating with great precision, and a more casual and speedily delivered "conversational" manner.

After hearing each block of a dozen sentences, listeners were asked to recall verbatim the sentences they had heard by writing them down on a sheet of paper, after being given a clue such as "grandfather" or "boy."

Both groups of listeners, native and non-native, did better when sentences were presented in the clear speaking style. This is in line with their previous study in which clearly spoken sentences were recognized better than casual sentences as previously heard by both groups of listeners. The UT Austin researchers offer a possible explanation for these results: When a speaker is talking faster or failing to enunciate as crisply, listeners have to work harder to decipher what's being said. More mental resources, consequently, are drawn toward that task, leaving fewer resources available for memory consolidation.

The clearly produced speech could benefit students in the classroom and patients receiving instructions from their doctors, Smiljanic said. "That appears to be an efficient way of conveying information, not only because we can hear the words better but also because we can retain them better."

In their next round of experiments, she and Keerstock will focus on the speakers rather than the listeners to see whether speaking clearly affects their own memory. "If you're rehearsing for a lecture and read the material out loud in a hyperarticulated way," Keerstock asked, "will that help you remember better?"


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Acoustical Society of America. "How clear speech equates to clear memory: Researchers find that a speaker's clearly articulated style can improve a listener's memory of what was said." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 November 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181105200736.htm>.