Neurobiology of skill and habit learning

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1995 Apr;5(2):184-90. doi: 10.1016/0959-4388(95)80025-5.


Recent evidence indicates that the basal ganglia are critical brain structures for motor-skill and habit learning, and may be important for the acquisition of some perceptual and cognitive skills. The cerebellum appears to contribute importantly only to motor-skill learning. Transitory cortical changes occur during motor-skill learning, but perceptual-skill learning may involve a semi-permanent change in neuronal sensitivity in the primary sensory cortex.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Habits*
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology*
  • Nervous System Physiological Phenomena*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*