Here's the description of a process which I call "loopback teaching":

  1. First, I learn something the "normal" way, e.g. by reading or watching.
  2. I imagine a person or multiple people which I think may be interested in the topic. If there are no such people I know of, I just imagine I'm reading a lecture to some abstract audience.
  3. I explain the topic in a way I would do that in real life. I can imagine some kind of presentation (with slides or on a whiteboard), which I go through in a sequence, mostly without skipping. I use my internal speech in mostly the same way I do that when speaking out loud in real life in similar situations.

I noticed I started doing this back when I was at school, and much later I found out that other people use different forms of this technique, or something very similar.

There are multiple related things I know of:

My questions are:

  1. Is there a name for this study technique?
  2. Is this related to speech internalization? If so, how? Is there any studies on that subject? In the example above I internalize a dialogue instead of a monologue, and this seems similar to how children internalize their private monologue at the age of 7 years (if I'm not mistaken).


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