Originally Posted By: Leo_E_49
Originally Posted By: duanew
To make your point you cite wikepedia?

You know what, reading back through the thread I'm out of my depth on this one. I retract my statement.

I'm curious though as to what the two sides of the argument are in this thread, could you clarify for me? You appear to be talking about memory under stress when the topic started out with conditioned and/or instinctual responses.

If we're discussing how to get familiar with the effects of adrenaline for the purposes of self defence, how is memory of the stressful incident after the fact related to this training? Perhaps in terms of identifying your assailants?

What is your stance on the instinctual response? Does it exist? Can it be improved through training? Other people have more clearly stated their opinions on these issues.

I believe the question here is not really whether instincts exist or not, but what kind of prior training (if any) can benefit us during in a high adrenaline situation.

1. Some one else stated the ideas about stress and memory and I put up the website on the scientific research.
2. All animals have instinctual responses. Flinch Response, startle response, Body Alarm response-all encoded in the DNA and stored in the mid brain-where you get your survival/stress responses Fight Flight Flee Submit and Posture.
3. Another good read is, On Combat by Pulitzer Prize nominated author, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. I had the honor of serving on the Advisory Board of the book. Also getting ready to do some research with Dr. Lewinski next fall on psychomotor skills and deterioration over time. Specifically how soon do arm bar type skills and shooting skills for police become less effective and eventually ineffective over time without practice.
4. Also just finished doing research on movement time to close with an opponent for a gun disarm vs draw time research.