October 10 2018

Is There Really Such A Thing As Muscle Memory?

Why We Sleep
In our quest for steno perfection, we spend countless hours practicing. After all, “practice makes permanent.” It’s been oft said that multiple hours of practice creates “muscle memory”; making our writing automatic.

While reading the book, “Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power Of Sleep And Dreams” By: Matthew Walker, I came across the following interesting passage that explains why the term “muscle memory” is a misnomer:

“The term ‘muscle memory’ is a misnomer. Muscles themselves have no such memory: a muscle that is not connected to a brain cannot perform any skilled actions, nor does a muscle store skilled routines. Muscle memory is, in fact brain memory. Training and strengthening muscles can help you better execute a skilled memory routine. But the routine itself- the memory program- resides firmly and exclusively within the brain.”

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Linkedin Tumblr Email
April 4 2017

I Love Steno Trivia Tuesday

Trivia Tuesday PurpleQUESTION: A hammer and a nail cost $1.10, and the hammer costs one dollar more than the nail. How much does the nail cost?

ANSWER: 5 cents.

Source: I got this riddle from a Business Insider article that asked successful executives what questions they ask potential employees during interviews. This is the question that Jeff Zwelling, COO of ZipRecruiter, asks. In the article, Mr. Zwelling says when he asks the question, he is not necessarily looking for the candidate to get the correct answer. He stated that he wants to see the person’s thought process behind the answer that they give.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Linkedin Tumblr Email