Implicit awareness during skilled motor learning and the implications for rehabilitation

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Turner, Emma M.
Wheaton, Lewis
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Motor skills and sequential motor learning are essential in our day to day lives, however, little behind the brain regions involved is known. This means that when someone has a deficiency in their motor skills or their ability to learn motor skills, treatments may not address the actual problem at hand. The purpose of this study is to determine what regions of the brains are active during learning in those who are successful at motor learning and how that differs from those who do not prove to be successful. It was found from examining the electro-encephalography (EEG) data that there were three main areas of the brain that are active during the serial reaction time task (SRTT) that was used to assess the subjects implicit motor learning. These regions were the right precuneus, the right angular gyrus and the right medial frontal gyrus. There war significant difference in these regions between the subject that showed ability to transfer their motor learning and those who were not. These results indicate that there is a difference in brain activation between successful and unsuccessful learners. Better understanding how people learn and the brain regions involved will allow medical professionals to better address those with motor learning deficiencies. This can help lead to the development of more affective treatments.
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