Can Exposure to Symbols Make You Smarter?

Can Exposure to Symbols of Achievement Make You Smarter? Don't you pride yourself on being practical, useful and factual? Me too.

When I read new research my mind keeps questioning how the new-stuff

stacks up against what I already know and practice. Is it practical and sane?

Exposure to the Letters A & F

Get this: if you are going to take an exam (sixth-grade, high school or law school) and prior to testing see the letter A or F - you are influenced for a better or worse performance.

It gets weirder - you don't have to consciously see the A or F letters because

your nonconscious mind automatically registers these representative test scores. It's the law of Association linking memories of every test you ever took.

Your brain has a neural network of words associated with test-taking and

A means success and a positive self image. F is part of your long-term memories linked to an evaluation of your work as a personal failure.

The Negative F reinforces shame, guilt and a personal sense of worthlessness. Our emotions cause the dominant influence of A and F on test performances. How we feel affects how we think and how we perform. A dispute, a fight or bad mood rattles the mind and our test performance.


Google: Dr. Keith Cian lead author at the University of Missouri, published in British Journal of Educational Psychology March 2010. The research stands for the likeliness of a student to improve his/her exam result when exposed to the letter A or F before the exam.

Exposure to the letter F makes the student more likely to fail. We have been trained and conditioned to associate (link) these two test grades to emotional success and failure. We use our left-brain (consciousness) with its reasoning and logic and our right-brain (nonconsciousness) with its emotional power of both fear and joy.

Nonconscious Motivation

Letter A primes the student to exercise effort, pride and the intention to perform well. Letter F primes him or her to access memories of past failure, rejection and defeat. Like Charlie Brown in Peanuts, the student feels doomed by the F letter and plays out that role. Remember the term - "motivational state".

Fact: when folks approach any task with the desire to succeed (win an A) they perform better than when their mindset (attitude) is striving to avoid failure (getting an F). Motivation is both conscious (will power) and nonconscious (unawareness) of their emotional state of mind.

Which is dominant? Answer: Nonconscious motivation based on emotional school experiences. We have internalize the emotions and feelings of A and F over years.

Fact: this research is further proof that Subliminal Perception (below the threshold of consciousness) exists and influences our decisions, actions and beliefs. Not knowing Why, How or even of the existence of the Letters A and F - influences our behaviors and ultimate results. It is an adaptive autonomic nervous system function.

Practical, Pragmatic and Logical

What if a high school teacher decorated a classroom with 25 past A tests? Have you ever noticed that after a while everything hung on the walls becomes

"wallpaper"? It stops registering on our consciousness. I stop once a week and really look at my Picasso and Vincent van Gogh to refresh both brain halves.

What if you adorned your office at home and at work with images of financial success? Imagine posting pictures of your dream home (paid-in-full) in Florida by the Oceanside, a Chase debit card with $50,000,and a Patek Philipps ($18,000) wristwatch? Might you be consciously and nonconsciously motivated to succeed?


The scientific research indicates that you can condition your mind to succeed. It requires daily positive reinforcement and is called Operant Conditioning. The secret is daily repetition to build a positive habit through a neural network of experience.

Scientific research indicates Conditioning works to improve health, learning, memory training, and personality. Corporate Team Playing is a learned strategy.

Ninety-percent of us will never attempt auto-conditioning because of the requirement (effort) of daily reinforcement. LazyBones need not apply.

Best Bet: combine both conscious (stop, stare & smile) and nonconscious motivation. Nonconscious strategies include meditating, creative visualization and command affirmations. Would you invest 6-10-minutes daily for personal growth?

Even if you do nothing but randomly come across the priming A or F, you will be influenced, persuaded and changed by them. We want to improve your odds of success by the use of specific strategies like meditating-mental-movies-command affirmations.

Example: Speed reading is the difference between Random Spacing and Specific

Guidance (having strategies) while reading. Which is better, a proven system for personal growth or hit-or-miss, arbitrary or accidental occurrences?

Speed reading will permanently 3x your learning skills and double (2x) your long-term memory. You decide if you are perfect just the way you are. Secret: strategies.

Meaning Sense

Stay with me. When you are exposed to something that makes NO sense (unexpected

associations) your brain gets scrambled and searches for certainty and order.

Examples: checkout a movie directed by David Lynch (abstract and mysterious) or

read a nonlinear book by Franz Kafka (unexpected and brain rattling). Result: your

attention-span is disrupted because you cannot predict what happens next.

Result: you automatically get smarter by turning on your Prefrontal Cortex

for complex meaning. Benefits: you compensate by doubling your comprehension, concentration, & attention to make sense about your environment. Life requires meaning and purpose; we are motivated to learn new adaptation patterns.

Google: UC @ Santa Barbara, Dr. Travis Prouix, published in Psychological Science.


We are conditioned by our surroundings and culture. Does this make sense?

a) Our feelings are the result of our behaviors.

b) Our behaviors are the direct result of our convictions.

c) Convictions must be challenged and based on proof.

Would you have a competitive advantage in your career by reading three (3)

books, articles and reports in the time it takes your peers to hardly finish one?

Contact us for a free speed reading report on how-to. The time for personal growth

is now.

See ya,



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