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ERIC Number: EJ939231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
The Half-Second Delay: What Follows?
Wiliam, Dylan
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v14 n1 p71-81 2006
There is an increasing body of evidence that only a minuscule proportion of the sensory data processed by the unconscious mind (capable of processing approximately 11 million bits per second) is referred to the conscious mind (capable of processing approximately 50 bits per second). It is also clear that conscious awareness of stimuli from the environment lags behind actual perception by approximately half a second, but that a backward referral of subjective experience results in a individual's perception of the stimulus and its conscious awareness as simultaneous. These findings challenge the primacy and supremacy of conscious processing of information on which a substantial proportion of educational practice and policy is based, and suggest a re-evaluation of the nature of teacher competence and expertise. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Language: English
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