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  • Writer's pictureJeff Williams

Are 10,000 hours accelerated through VR?

Practice, practice, practice. Practice makes perfect. It is widely believed that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert and that repetition is the key to success. However, 10,000 hours is a long time. In fact, if you were to train for 8 hours a day, 40 hours per week it would take you almost 5 years to accomplish.

This is where virtual reality offers assistance in accomplishing training and learning goals, by offering you access to experiences anywhere, anytime.

In VR, you can do the impossible, reduce the costs and remove safety concerns. It is perfect for at-home learning and doing things that are very difficult in the real world.

Virtual reality is unique in the fact that it offers a form of education that we like to refer to as "OFTEN".

Optimized Focus Through Environment Neurolearning.

Let’s start with the learning part, specifically the neuroscience aspect. The understanding and scope of neuroscience today have expanded over the years to include many different approaches to the study of the nervous system, at all kinds of different levels. The methods used by neuroscientists have greatly expanded from molecular and cellular studies to now include studies of sensory, motor skills, and cognitive tasks all within the brain.

This brief will address the cognitive portion of neuroscience (Neurolearning) through the use of virtual reality.

What is Neurolearning ? Neurolearning addresses the questions of how psychological functions are produced and stored for memory recall purposes.

As an example, every time we complete a task no matter how simple or complex, our nervous system is building a neurological pathway known as an axon. The axon is what carries the learned information, in the form of

neurons and synapsis, from the brain to parts of the body that are capable of influencing muscles. This is where we get the term muscle memory.

Why is VR effective? Virtual reality is a technology that builds muscle memory effectively through continuous repetition of a given task