Using subliminal learning techniques allow individuals to learn without putting in conscious effort. The technique is simple: expose a person to stimulus during a period when they are unaware that it is happening. For instance, a popular subliminal technique is flashing images across a screen so quickly that the conscious mind can't assimilate or make sense of them. Another method is to play certain words over and over at a volume that is barely within a human's threshold of hearing. The subconscious mind will be aware of the stimulus; however, the conscious, perceiving intellect will be totally unaware. When these techniques were discovered, it aroused much excitement and controversy. While it had the potential of boosting and speeding the learning process in a painless and effective fashion, it could also be used by secret organizations to brainwash people.

The possibilities were only limited by the imagination of man, and for a long time it became the newest way to learn things without having to knuckle down and really study it. In one place, where this has become quite fashionable was in the language learning market. Theoretically, if subliminal learning could be tweaked to a certain point, there would no longer be any need for books, teachers or other tangible forms of learning. A student would simply need subliminal learning equipment. This would eliminate the repetitious, tedious learning methods of before and language learning would become effortless. Armed with your subliminal equipment, you could actually multitask, doing other stuff including sleeping while you learned.

These have become commonplace applications of subliminal learning and have carried over to increasing vocabulary skills, music and even behavior modification programs.

While all this appeared a bit dubious in the beginning, once people began to grasp the concept and these new theories of learning, plus considering the potentials of subliminal learning, it became less and less implausible. Over time, the potentialities and limitations have been discovered with doing subliminal learning to expand on the conscious efforts to learn something.

A great example of subliminal learning is in music. If you've ever gotten a song or part of a song stuck in your head without taking any conscious effort to learn it - that is an example of subliminal learning. Your mind was focused on something else, but your ears were listening and your mind was recording the song without any conscious effort on your part. It doesn't matter whether you love or hate the song, you simple now know the song and it is imprinted on your mind.

Words are another area where subliminal learning comes into focus. Have you ever come across a word in your vocabulary that you never consciously learned the definition of; yet, there it is clear as a bell in your mind? You probably heard the word and definition somewhere when your mind wasn't really on what was being said. Subliminally, you were concentrating and recording that particular word, whether it came over the radio, television or in some Internet venue. Somehow, it took up permanent residence in your mind, and popped back into your conscious reality as something you know even though you can't remember how you learned it.

With these examples in mind, many people have begun to seriously consider the potential and possibilities that are achievable if they "push the envelope" and attempt to accelerate their learning process by adding subliminal techniques.

Scientists are hard at work refining and expanding their knowledge of how subliminal learning works. Further, they are constantly introducing new ways for people to accelerate their learning by using some of the subliminal techniques. There is now a wealth of empirical evidence to quash the skeptics, and scientists continue to pursue the quest for techniques that will allow people to go beyond traditional learning models and supplement their efforts through subliminal learning.

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