As of now millions of individuals around the globe leverage a ‘deliberate meditation’ named as priming. Due to priming, meaning ‘preparation for action’ thousands of individuals have manifested best version of self. It is same phenomenon that helps in unleashing creativity by boosting response. In world of sports, priming is an exercise that is done just before competition. It is done to positively influence performance.
Currently, priming is used by actors, business persons, entrepreneurs, workers, and nearly everyone. Using this one technique enables multiple-applications including synthesis of short-term training structure to up-level athlete readiness on day of competition.
Keep reading to find out more about priming and: –
a. General responses
b. On-going Research
c. Real-world Limitation
d. Best Applications
Stimulus And Response
In research and many studies, it was found that there are two types of effects of training models on performance. Outcomes can have long term effects and medium-term effects. Only a little research is done on short-term effect of training sessions. For example, performance research often includes fatigue and recovery response. But, very less about progress/performance done in one-week period. Capturing short term information can be useful. Using same information, you can alter training stimulus/schedule. Also, you can build a fatigue/performance-based decision.
From a logical point of view, in relatively large training there is large recovery period. On other hand, smaller training has shorter recovery period. Many studies suggest that even a small change in stimulus can change performance.
Knowledge To Action
So, you want to maximize your performance? You can do it by putting your knowledge into action. Start by monitoring and managing fatigue levels, and stay focused on outcome. Remember priming is all about performance. The question to which we are finding answer is “How to minimize fatigue for competition”? In other words, how to maximize performance for competition.
Priming has performance-enhancing benefits. It opens doors to opportunities and possibilities. However, it is essential to have an exercise plan and routine. It is important because involvement of unknown factors, such as: –
a. Individual responses can be different to same stimulus.
b. Exercise modality, intensity, and volume may vary.
c. Results may vary in pre-season and practice games.
Impact Of Priming
1. Faster Recognition or Identification:
First one first, priming helps to boost identification skills. In an example: A person who has previously seen a color ‘yellow’ will recognize the word ‘banana’ slightly faster as compared to others. It is also known as semantic priming.
2. Judgement or Perception:
One concept in priming is concept of fear. A person who has been primed with fear might judge a situation more threatening. This is also known as construable priming. The person primed with fear asks a question like ‘What is that?’ or “Who is that?” is likely to be subconsciously influenced by a concept with which they have primed.
3. Affect on behaviour:
A person who is primed with words associated with impolite behaviour is like to behave is a rude manner. He/she often interrupt others during conversation. So, any question that involves them taking action on previous priming state is called behavioural priming.
4. Affect on goals:
You can prime with concept of competitiveness. Once again, a person primed will ask themselves question “What do I want to do?” or “What I am motivated to do?” This is known as goal priming.
To be honest, we are not as free thinkers as we believe ourselves to be. Sometimes people can be completely unaware of their behaviour. Although we them to believe that we are rational, the truth is far from it, but priming can help.