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Old May 19, 2008, 10:48 AM   #13
Rob Pincus
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Sorry, if I set things off track... I wasn't addressing the appropriateness of his mindset or his actions, merely the effect his mindset might have had on his physical performance.

We know that the brain focuses the mind and body on something/one that threatens us as a natural survival response, therefore under real ambush-stress, we are forced to deal with the fact that we are confronted/startled by one person at a time and would need to go through multiple recognition phases while dealing with other threats (hence the emphasis on assessing the environment ("scanning") after a shoot to help break the focus on the original threat). When we are stalking we are much better able to plan a "multiple target" response (such as in competition or with a plate rack in front of us) as opposed to having a survival imperative to address the most obvious/first stimulus and then (hopefully) respond to other threats as they become apparent.

-RJP
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