Central mechanisms of motor skill learning

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2002 Apr;12(2):217-22. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(02)00307-0.


Recent studies have shown that frontoparietal cortices and interconnecting regions in the basal ganglia and the cerebellum are related to motor skill learning. We propose that motor skill learning occurs independently and in different coordinates in two sets of loop circuits: cortex-basal ganglia and cortex-cerebellum. This architecture accounts for the seemingly diverse features of motor learning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Basal Ganglia / physiology*
  • Cerebellum / physiology*
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiology*
  • Frontal Lobe / physiology
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology*
  • Motor Skills / physiology*
  • Neural Networks, Computer
  • Parietal Lobe / physiology