Taiikugaku kenkyu (Japan Journal of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences)
Online ISSN : 1881-7718
Print ISSN : 0484-6710
ISSN-L : 0484-6710
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The role of the low-rank acticept in human bodily thinking
Fumio Takizawa
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2011 Volume 56 Issue 2 Pages 391-402


The purpose of this study was to specify the role of the low-rank acticept in human bodily thinking from a phenomenological viewpoint. An acticept is the gestalt of a percept with time factor and is a complex comprising a percept of action and phenomena resulting from the action. The word “acticept” is a compound of “action plus percept”, and “percept” means the content of perception. For the purpose of this study, the concept of a low-rank acticept is clarified by examining human bodily thinking as compared with verbal thinking.
First, the author defines the problem, and then discusses the concept of the acticept as perception. On this basis, the formation and the role of a low-rank acticept is discussed, and the relationship between acticept and low-rank acticept is considered further. From this relationship, the prospect of classifying low-rank acticepts is demonstrated. As a result, the author describes the role of the low-rank acticept in human bodily thinking.
The conclusions made are as follows. Human bodily thinking has a logical system different from that of verbal thinking. This type of thinking is necessary in order to create an acticept, and this becomes possible by gaining a low-rank acticept based on the logic of perception. From this low-rank acticept, image, explanation, and data are translated into our own practice, and we are able to realize each action. It is necessary to translate even procedural explanations into a low-rank acticept. These low-rank acticepts themselves continue being refined in such a way as to have wider applications, just as a word becomes precise.
Therefore, in gymnastics lessons, it is necessary to pay attention to the originality of human bodily thinking, which is indispensable to movement practice, and furthermore to the individual low-rank acticept when teaching movement. Teachers should be able to transfer the low-rank acticept itself in order to make gymnastics lessons fruitful, not only theoretically but also practically.

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