Principles of Sensorimotor Learning

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2011 Oct 27;12(12):739-51. doi: 10.1038/nrn3112.

Abstract

The exploits of Martina Navratilova and Roger Federer represent the pinnacle of motor learning. However, when considering the range and complexity of the processes that are involved in motor learning, even the mere mortals among us exhibit abilities that are impressive. We exercise these abilities when taking up new activities - whether it is snowboarding or ballroom dancing - but also engage in substantial motor learning on a daily basis as we adapt to changes in our environment, manipulate new objects and refine existing skills. Here we review recent research in human motor learning with an emphasis on the computational mechanisms that are involved.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation
  • Decision Making / physiology
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology*
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
  • Sensation / physiology*