If you are looking to improve your aim for your favorite competitive FPS title, chances are you’ve done your research about aim trainers, sensitivities, mice, input lag, and all the exciting ways to optimize your setup for that competitive edge.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been pretty obsessed myself with improving my skill in games like Fortnite, Valorant and Diabotical to name a few. All my questions about improving aim as a motor skill led me to the very beginning: How does our brain learn and improve a motor skill?
Little did I know, there’s ample research out there about the way our brains absorb new information, save it as a memory, and later on reconsolidate that memory which can make it stronger or weaker. Where am I getting this information you may ask?
To summarize the study, two groups of participants controlled a mouse cursor with a specially designed mouse that required pinch force to move the cursor. The idea was to present a skill that nobody had prior experience with. The two groups were given equal time to learn the skill in the form of clicking targets on the screen, much like you would do with an aim trainer like Kovaak’s.
While the control group trained with the exact same “pinch sensitivity” every day. One of the groups, had their sensitivity slightly adjusted from one trial to the next, all without them knowing.
“The sensorimotor mapping slightly changed from one trial to the next. Because of this, participants needed to rapidly adjust their motor plan in order to achieve the same task goal”
The study found that the group who had their sensitivity altered actually improved more than the group that trained on the same sensitivity the whole time.
“We found that when participants were unknowingly exposed to an intervention that increased sensorimotor variability after they retrieved a consolidated memory, that their performance on the previously learned skill was strengthened when tested the next day. Participants that practiced the same skill multiple times failed to show a similar increase.
These results are consistent with the hypothesis that reconsolidation mediates memory updating to maintain relevance”
The takeaway from this insanely valuable study is that in order for skills to improve, we have to update our existing knowledge of that skill (which is stored as a memory) with new information aka Reconsolidation.
If you think about applying this information to aim training, if you always train on the same sensitivity your brain doesn’t have to “update” your existing knowledge of how much to move your arm / wrist to hit the targets. Your memory of that skill gets reactivated but without a sufficient mismatch between what you’ve learned and what is required, your brain won’t Reconsolidate or update that skill.
The goal is to force our brain to Reconsolidate our already learned aim training with new information, which in turn will strengthen our original skill.
As I was reading this study, an idea popped into my head…
Since the group whose sensitivity was altered unknowingly during different sessions showed better improvement, I’ve decided to train with dynamic sensitivity that will change every once in awhile without me knowing.
After all, if I’m doing a Kovaak’s scenario and my sensitivity changes mid aim, that will definitely throw my original memory of aim training off guard. I’ve decided to try that style of aiming and let me tell you… after plateauing on my Kovaak’s scores, I’ve hit new high scores after only a day of using this new technique!
Little did I know that a similar method of aim training has already been proposed, and there is even a program called Whisper’s Sensitivity Randomizer which will randomize your DPI in defined intervals. While I personally haven’t tried Whisper’s Sensitivity Randomizer, it accomplishes the same task of forcing you to adapt your aim to a dynamic DPI.
The way I set it up was, I created a macro that changes your mouse DPI settings up and down in various intervals. This will make it so that I can’t predict when the sensitivity change will occur.
You can set up a macro using your mouse software, but if for some reason you are having trouble there are plenty of macro programs out there. In my case, I have the Logitech G Pro Wireless, so I was able to set up a simple macro in G Hub.
As you can see, this is a continuous macro that I can toggle on or off. When toggled on it will continue to run in a loop until I toggle it off.
In my case, when I toggle the macro, it will instantly set my DPI to the next higher setting, wait 10 seconds, then bring it back down to the original setting, then wait 10 more seconds, rinse and repeat.
Essentially my DPI changes between 2 settings every 10 seconds, in my case it changes between 800 and 1200 DPI. While I do sometimes expect the DPI shift, the constant changing sensitivity really throws me off guard even doing simple click timing scenarios. Obviously, your scores will be lower with this dynamic DPI but I believe this variation is enough to create a mismatch between how you are used to aiming, triggering memory Reconsolidation which ultimately helps improve your skill.
In my case the change between 800 and 1200 DPI is quite extreme, I would suggest sticking with a 100-150 DPI increase which will be hardly noticeable but will still create enough of a disruption to keep your brain on edge.
If you’re still not convinced, check out this write up by Krascsi which detailed his experience with plateaus when it comes to aiming and how changing your sensitivity can help overcome it.
I will leave you with this closing statement from the Hopkins study:
“Our results show that reconsolidation provides a crucial mechanism for the strengthening of an existing motor skill. Increased sensorimotor variability after skill retrieval promotes additional learning changes that are absent following the simple continuation of practice”
Max Keiser is a true Bitcoin OG, having been in the Bitcoin space since it cost $1 and reporting on it on the Keiser report since then as well. In this episode we really dive into Max’s past, learn about what makes Max Max and — lessons from living in Harlem and going to NYU, Wall Street and finance history, an energy revolution and hacking the global unconscious to divert the course of human history.
Yearn.finance (YFI) has surged higher in the past 24 hours despite stagnation in the price of Bitcoin and Ethereum. The leading cryptocurrency, which is in the top 30 by market capitalization, is up 20% in the past 24 hours, having moved from around $25,000 to $29,000 as of this article’s writing. It is one of the top-performing altcoins in the top 100.
Yearn.finance (YFI) May Have Room to Rally After Retaking $29,000
Analysts say that YFI has room to move higher after gaining 20% in the past 24 hours.
One trader shared the chart below on September 26th. It shows that while YFI remains far below its all-time high, it recently secured a crucial exponential moving average that it held above during the previous rally.
YFI doing so, the trader explains, suggests that the ongoing rally has “juice.”
Chart of YFI's price action over the past few weeks with analysis by crypto trader Crypto Krillin. Chart from TradingView.com
Analysts think that all of the DeFi space is set to grow. With Yearn.finance acting as a pseudo-index for the entire market, YFI will benefit if the rest of the industry gains traction.
Andrew Kang, the founder of Mechanism Capital, recently touched on the topic of DeFi’s growth in an extensive Twitter thread.
Kang explained that the fundamentals and technicals of this industry suggest that DeFi is poised to move higher. Mechanism Capital previously came out with a report stating that YFI could hit $250,000-350,000 in the coming years assuming a bullish discounted cash flow analysis.
“In terms of new funds entering, I’m aware of at least a dozen that have recently raised or just finished raising. Many of these intend to play in the public secondary markets. Unclear how much gets deployed over what timeline… In terms of DeFi activity growth, TVL continues to advance parabolically after a small dip even in the face of price stagnation indicating more assets moving in. For both public and private DeFi projects, the innovation and pace of development continues forward at a blistering pace – even faster than it was two months ago.”
Spencer Noon, head of DTC Capital, has echoed the optimism. He recently said that the fundamentals for Ethereum and Defi “have actually never looked better.”
As aforementioned, YFI stands to benefit from a further recovery in DeFi.
Raymond James is cutting nearly 4% of its global workforce, according to published reports. The St. Petersburg, Fla.-based financial-services company has 13,900 employees world-wide, which means it will eliminate about 500 jobs, ThinkAdvisor reports.
No advisers will lose their jobs as part of the cuts, a spokesman tells the Tampa Bay Times.
Below, some of the best analysis and insight from WSJ writers and columnists, the Dow Jones Newswires team and occasionally beyond, on investing, the wealth-management business and more.
Hospitals for Years Banked on Lean Staffing. The Pandemic Overwhelmed Them: Health systems have kept a tight rein on employee numbers and expanded outpatient care, helping their finances but making them less prepared for a medical crisis. The coronavirus pandemic set off a scramble for nurses the same way it did for masks and ventilators. Many couldn’t be found.
PLANNING & INVESTING
Bond Investors Regain Appetite for Emerging Markets: Inflows into emerging-market bond mutual funds hits 10 consecutive weeks, the longest stretch since 2017.
Oil industry hopes for a recovery in global oil and fuel demand toward pre-coronavirus levels are finding encouragement in rebounding tire sales as more businesses, schools and institutions reopen. “Tire demand continues on road to recovery,” say analysts at Tudor Pickering. “August ’20 tire sales from Michelin showed promising figures for almost every geography across OEM [original equipment manufacturer] and replacement. China continues to be the main point of strength … This pushed the QTD demand figures for OEM and replacement to roughly +12% and +11%, respectively, well ahead of Q2 levels of -1% and +4%.” North America is a laggard, but even there sales are better this quarter than last, they add. ([email protected])
MetLife’s rationale for its planned $1.7B acquisition of vision insurer Versant Health hinges in part on scale. The insurer and financial-services company expects its market share in US vision insurance would jump to 17% from 1% should the deal be completed as expected, giving it a total of 38M members, 35M of which would come from Versant. On a call with investors, CEO Michel Khalaf also characterizes vision care as buffered from recessionary effects. “It is a must-have service,” he says.([email protected]; @MicahMaidenberg)
BUSINESS & PRACTICE
Airlines Make Final Plea for Aid to Avoid Job Losses: Top executives at major airlines including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines Holdings will meet with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, people familiar with the matter said, as the companies make a final push for more government aid.
TD Asset Management Rolls Out Sustainability-Focused Funds: TD Asset Management said it has launched two mutual funds that will emphasize investments compatible with global sustainability.
Homebuyers Make a Play For Recreation Spaces: Properties with sports courts and recreational areas score premium prices as staying close to home base becomes the norm.
TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE
Defeated Quarantine Gardeners Are Throwing in the Trowel: Heirloom tomatoes and needlepoint seemed like fun early in the pandemic, but now, not so much.
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Bitcoin (BTC) Price Prediction – September 27, 2020 BTC/USD price has continued to trade above the $10,700 support. Presently, it has partially broken above the $10,800 resistance. If successful a retest at the $11,000 resistance is possible.
Bitcoin price is stuck in the range above $10,700 price level. Buyers may want to break above this range. A breakout is unlikely as the coin will have an equitable bearish consequence. What is expected is a downward movement of prices if the bulls fail to break the current resistance. Today, BTC is trading marginally above $10,800 in the current range-bound zone. The price has partially broken above $10,800 but the momentum may not be sustained. However, the current price level is above the EMAs which will propel the price to rise. In this bullish scenario, a retest at the $11,000 resistance is possible. Meanwhile, BTC is above 50% range of the daily stochastic. It indicates that the coin is in a bullish momentum.
Bitcoin (BTC) Indicator Analysis The price has broken above the EMAs. BTC/USD will rise if the current momentum is sustained. Secondly, the market is also approaching the resistance line of the descending channel. When price breaks and closes above the resistance line, the coin will continue to rise.
The price action is still in favor of the bulls as the price continues to retest the resistance zone. According to the Fibonacci tool, BTC will rise and retest the $11,000 resistance, if the current resistance is breached. A red retraced candle body has already tested the 78.6 % Fibonacci retracement level. This will enable the coin to rise and reach the 1.272 Fibonacci extension level or $11,029.80 high. However, the BTC price will reverse at that price level.
Chinese fintech giant Ant Group has unveiled Trusple, a blockchain-powered global trade and financial services platform.
Ant says the platform will make it easier and cheaper for firms, especially SMEs, to sell their wares around the world while also reducing costs for financial institutions.
Trusple - a contraction of ‘trust made simple’ - works by generating a smart contract once a buyer and a seller upload a trading order on the platform. As the order is executed, the smart contract is automatically updated with key information, such as order placements, logistics, and tax refund options.
Using the firm’s AntChain blockchain technology, the buyer’s and seller’s banks automatically process the payment settlements through the smart contract.
Ant says the automated process takes out the time-consuming processes that banks traditionally conduct to track and verify trading orders, while also ensuring that the information is tamper-proof. Successful transactions on Trusple also enable SMEs to build their creditworthiness on AntChain, making it easier for them to obtain financing services.
Ant has lined up several global banks, including BNP Paribas, Citi, DBS, Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered, as partners for the platform.
Guofei Jiang, president, advanced technology business group, Ant, says: “Just like when Alipay was introduced in 2004 as the online escrow payment solution to build trust between buyers and sellers, with the launch of AntChain-powered Trusple, we look forward to making cross-border trading safer, more reliable, and more efficient for buyers and sellers, as well as for the financial institutions that serve them.”
The Trusple launch comes as Ant gears up to list in Hong Kong and Shanghai in what could be the world’s largest IPO, raising $35 billion at a $350 billion valuation.