Eva Bojner Horwitz, Education director, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Center for social sustainability, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society Karolinska Institute, and Department of Clinical Neuroscience Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Walter Osika, Center for social sustainability, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute and Department of Clinical Neuroscience Karolinska Institute Sweden
Cecilia Stenfors, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, and Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
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Procrastination, and more specific writers block, is common and can have a deleterious impact on individuals’ academic performance. This comparative study stems from a case with a master’s student with writer’s block, who was asked to perform body movements reflecting a thesis writing process over time. The micro-phenomenological interview method was used to uncover the student’s experience during the exercise, including bodily sensations, feelings, and thoughts, and particularly the very precise process related to an inner voice. The innnel voice was recorded with the student´s own voice and was the subject of analyses. The structure analysis shows in detail the process, i.e. how the student perceives very specific mental images, micro movements and sensations in relation to the specific “inner voice” experience. Specifically, it was discovered that the student´s inner voice was triggering different body movements and gestures and not the other way around. The micro phenomenological method together with video interpretation applied on the first-person perspective can reveal very detailed bodily experiences, movements and sensations. These findings suggest that the power of non-verbal ways of learning by using movements may be applied in broader areas such as research writing.
Horwitz, E.B., Stenfords, C., Osika, W. (2018). Writer's block revisited: A Micro-Phenomenological Case Study on the Blocking Influence of an Internalized Voice. Journal of Consciousness Studies 25 (3-4): 9-28.
Updated on 8/11/2018