Perspectives and problems in motor learning

Trends Cogn Sci. 2001 Nov 1;5(11):487-494. doi: 10.1016/s1364-6613(00)01773-3.


Movement provides the only means we have to interact with both the world and other people. Such interactions can be hard-wired or learned through experience with the environment. Learning allows us to adapt to a changing physical environment as well as to novel conventions developed by society. Here we review motor learning from a computational perspective, exploring the need for motor learning, what is learned and how it is represented, and the mechanisms of learning. We relate these computational issues to empirical studies on motor learning in humans.