"ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE"
Translated from original German text.
SPEED READING: DURING SEMI-
Although it often only takes a few hours, the results are incredibly encouraging: the powers of concentration of the managers who undergo the Alphalearning Institute's brain training course increase by up to 400%. such outburst of mental power is most evident during the course of "Speed Reading", one of the aims of the course. In order to test their individual reading performances at the end of the course, the participants are given samples of widely known standard literature for managers.
For those who are pressed for time, the number of memorised words per minute are being counted after the reading (on the basis of spontaneous talk i.e. questions posed by the examiner, mental notes of the participants who have undergone brain training before the check-
Reading without being able to remember what one has read is useless, so when it comes to speed-
The brain is being adjusted to the right wavelength.
For this purpose, the brain -
The principle is called the Frequency Following Response. In addition to the Alphalearning Institute's instructions regarding the correct sitting position when concentrating, or reading using the most effective reading techniques, this Frequency Following Response is the basic part of the brain training course. There are reasons for this. Brainwaves can be measured by EEG and -
Beta waves (frequency range: 14 Hertz) that occur during waking hours, causing stress and irritation, but which are at the same time the foundation for logical-
Alpha waves (7 Hertz): especially active during relaxation phase between sleeping and waking, making possible thinking and learning.
Theta waves (4 Hertz): during sleep and similar states of rest (meditation); creating image full dreams, furthering inspiration, imagination and creativity.
Delta waves (2 Hertz): during dreamless i.e. profound sleep.
Training the Alpha and Theta waves is at the forefront of the Alphalearning Institute's brain training course, since the powers of learning and concentration are at their maximum in the relatively relaxed frequency range of 7 Hertz, and the memory functions best at 3 Hertz (just before the sleeping phase).
Such a state -
One of Alphalearning´s scientist (who is able to read a book of 300 pages in 24 minutes) says about this: "We only wanted to dissuade those people from smoking. But at the same time we found out that the outcome of our research applied to other areas of learning and behavioural change as well".
Under the guidance of Alphalearning, astonishing gains in mental abilities were registered among these students. Thus the measured reading/memory values of 350 executives (from 100 different international companies) who have undergone the Alphalearning Institute's brain training over the last two years, increased by 200 to 400%.
Those who entered the course with a reading rate of 250 words per minute, left with a rate of approximately 750 words per minute (on an average). And; reading faster means understanding better, being more concentrated and being able to remember things better. It also means saving time: whoever can process 750 words per minute, is able to finish a book of 300 pages in just two hours (normally that would take about 6.5 hours of reading time).
To the Alphalearning, all of this is no reason for astonishment: "Reading is a physical thing. The co-
Better performance, less tension through stronger powers of concentration.
To managers, speed reading is not just a competitive sports event: whoever is able to read, take in, process and remember information faster, has more time available for other things, and is, therefore, ready to take in more information and less likely to be "overloaded". Since knowledge is power -
Thus becomes clear what was once said about learning problems: according to the psychologist, these are rooted deeper than sex problems. As a remedy, the Alphalearning Institute presents an electronic aid -
Learning how to learn
to some executives this means a slightly new approach.
The personnel managers responsible for the brain training of the executives of Henkel KGaA in Dusseldorf, ICL in Holland, and Raychem in Munich give their account of their experiences with THE Alpha learning method.
Vijay Kothari, International Management Training, Henkel KGaA, Germany:
We invited the Alphalearning Institute to give a demonstration of their method. This was inspired by an exceptionally positive feedback from two managers that participated in their training. We had the impression that we were dealing with a promising method to increase the reading speed of managers considerably. This way we could contribute to a better time management, stress reduction, and an increase in efficiency. In view of this, we successfully organised a pilot seminar and a number of other seminars as well. The participants were able to increase their reading speed, sometimes considerably, often by 300% or more. And this was not a short-
"ICL believes strongly in the development of staff.
For that purpose considerable amounts of money are spent on training and education.
In order to accelerate the learning process, the Alphalearning Institute conducted several brain training and speed reading pilot courses within our company. The entire management team, including the CEO, has been trained. So far, the result has been positive.
Not only are Alphalearning´s scientists the record holders for speed-
We plan to go ahead with this radically different way of training".
"Seven executive staff members of the Raychem company attended a seminar entitled "Learn How to Learn" by the Alphalearning Institute.
One part of the seminar concerned "speed reading", an important asset in increasing productivity on a management level -
Also impressive is the simplicity that characterises both the exercises and the resources. Important for speed reading are: correct sitting position, correct breathing, the use of a felt pen as a pointer (while reading), as well as making a clear distinction between taking in information and processing it. Concentration exercises and training of the eye muscles were other important preliminaries to this exercise. Raychem began the seminar as an experiment. After their experiences it became a very positive experiment.