You’ve Been Asking, Who is Dave?

You’ve Been Asking, Who is Dave?

Scott Spector

Here’s Your Answer!

Here’s an entertaining & educational story of who Dave is and his “you must think I’m nuts!” …I was working on Dave’s SUV one afternoon performing a standard detail. After going through my safe wash and decon steps, Dave came outside to check on the happenings. While I was polishing the paint, I noticed he was staring at me with this peculiar look on his face. As I finished a polishing set, I stopped and chatted him up with the aim of wondering what was his bewilderment. He said, “well one, you’re older than I thought you’d be” (gee thanks)…”but I heard you counting like my eight-year old. I wanted to find out why.” It was a good time for a nice convo…

Funny you should ask…Dave. Frankly, it’s a scientific fact why I count each pass out loud. I proceeded to take a break (apparently because of “my age”…lol) and explain to young padawan here the science behind it. During repetitive movements, the brain attempts to select the most relevant signals and allocate attention toward them to complete a given task successfully – in this case, polishing.

However, there are internal and external sensory cues during polishing (or in any repetitive motion or physical effort). The muscles, heart, and lungs emit signals to the brain to facilitate the sense of exertion, and. to cope with the influences of those sensory cues, the brain needs to engage in disconnecting strategies (e.g. directing attention to surrounding sights, sounds, etc) due to the repetitive nature.

This redirection is why when we’re doing any repetitive motion or task, our mind wanders off into LA-LA land. Our attention focuses on unrelated information (e.g. an aesthetically pleasing landscape, ASMR videos, etc) allowing fatigue-related symptoms to remain outside of focal awareness and renders the execution of simple movements partially automatic. And thus, why I count each section pass.

The execution of complex movements usually requires high levels of concentration and generally entails only mild symptoms of fatigue, meaning your attention or focus has to be entirely allocated to the task. In such instances, irrelevant stimuli have to be processed so task performance is not compromised.

Poor Dave looked even more confused. I went on polishing his car and counting my passes while he continued to stare off into space occasionally drinking his sweet tea. I could only imagine he was trying to recall all the times his own mind wandered off…like now. And now, Dave has become one of my best buds always asking questions, looking for advice and tips. Next time you’re performing some mindless repetitive task, just remember to perform a sensory cue yourself and avoid wandering off like my buddy Dave..

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