Replying to LO23891 --
As an extremely infrequent contributor I'd like to add a small not to this
topic as I've only read a part of the discussion on rhythm in
communication. My clinical and research activity over the last 5 years has
been in the area of EEG biofeedback. I've been finding that one can see
patterns of brainwave behavior that represent quality of acceptance of
information. The rhythm changes from a pattern wherein the dominant
frequencies are more or less random to a more rigid and narrow range of
frequencies. The rhytmicity is clearly lost when someone is blocked or
overwhelmed or in some way negatively reactive to the flow of information
they are receiving.
Treating poeple with brain injuries and ADHD as well as other
neurologically based disorders has shown quite reliable patterns in the
EEG record that support the idea of rhythms being a key aspect of
interpretation and intervention planning. The analogy to learning
technologies and the comments about perceptual rhythms caught my attention
as it related to some of my own thinking about human learning and change.
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