LINKS AND VIDEOS ON PERIPHERAL VISION
This is a summary of a few of the videos and sites i found on peripheral vision.
The actual results for YouTube change frequently and your results may be different to mine. YouTube Videos today on Peripheral Vision.
Peripheral Vision Training (4.40 long) from ZhealthPerformance. Is interesting. It talks about tunnel vision and angst. Peripheral awareness stimulates specific circuits in the brain. Apparently alzheimer's is connected with a lack of peripheral vision.
Peripheral Vision – A simple technique to counter unhelpful negative emotions is about parasympathetic system being activated by peripheral vision. This comes form James Conlon who also writes on 9 Tips for Conquering Stress & Anxiety Section 9. Switch to Peripheral Vision
"The sympathetic nervous system’s primary function is to stimulate the body’s fight or flight response. It regulates the levels of adrenaline in the blood and floods our bodies with stress hormones when we experience danger. In contrast, the parasympathetic nervous system has a calming effect on the body. It’s responsible for digestion and preparing us for sleep. It lowers our heart rate and neutralises stress hormones, following the fight or flight response once the perceived danger has gone."
"The sympathetic nervous system is associated with foveal vision. Directly focusing on an object. It makes sense that when we encounter a threat that we solely focus on it. Whilst the parasympathetic nervous system is associated with peripheral vision. Not directly focusing on any one thing, but being aware of everything around us. If you think about the last time you felt really relaxed, maybe laying by the pool or at the beach whilst on holiday. The chances are you weren’t focused on any one thing but absorbing everything around you."
"Simply switching from foveal to peripheral vision when we feel anxious or stressed, activates the parasympathetic nervous system. As the two nervous systems can’t be active at the same time the body will naturally calm. This is incredibly simple to do."
How to Increase your Peripheral Field of Vision School for Self-Healing (2.55 long). From 1.05 on a very practical exercise.
Using Church "Peripheral Vision" (4.09 long). This is perhaps a bit Christian for some people, but there's the very practical example of a horse in the video and from 1.20 onwards there are some interesting comments.
Maybe not So ImportantIn Peripheral Vision (21.00 long) Jevon Dangeli combines it with lots of relaxation exercises and expands the focus point. A bit complex at times but it is essentially exploring the same area as i am. Seems to suggest trance states are possible with his method of expanding the central focal point.
More Peripheral Vision Training (8.31 long) from someone else at ZhealthPerformance. Talks about when under high stress we lose our peripheral vision. He uses it for greater achievement in sport, reading, etc.
On a site called Music Mind and Movement, PRACTICE: Broaden Your Vision also discusses the parasympathetic nervous system.
"Panoramic or peripheral vision is associated with a decrease in autonomic arousal, or the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system."
He uses the word panoramic sensing, which shows awareness, but his ideas aren't always realistic: "ruminants, who are all panoramic all the time". Hares especially are extremely focused when they are running away.
He mentions the Alexander Technique and inclusive awareness. The Alexander Technique teaches 'spacial awareness', by encouraging a focused awareness all around instead of panoramic awareness.
I prefer to use my research time actually doing it rather than researching such sources. If anyone using the Alexander Technique or any other modern or ancient technique knows anything relevant, please contact me.