Minesweeper subitizing and motor memory

Posted on November 28, 2018

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So back in the day my little addiction was Minesweeper.   Somebody just posted about it and how there was some luck but once you cleared a few, you just had to count the numbers.

I thought, “I didn’t count the numbers.  I …  … subitized…”  but didn’t know what that word was back then.

I searched and found a game and … couldn’t remember how to do it.   I didn’t know which ones were clear.   How did I do that?  Why was I clicking on mines?

I clicked for the original style display and … motor memory kicked in and I right-clicked to ID the  mines.

This verbal gerbil had learned that stuff to so  much automaticity (trust me, it was verbal when I was figuring it out!)  that … I didn’t *have* the verbal there to access and fall back on.   I “just knew it.”  Now, even when I couldn’t remember that I was supposed to identify mines with my clicks, too, I could verbalize where the mines were… but… I’m thinking about how this applies to learning math.

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