Motor learning

Finding the brain's autopilot


Practice Makes Perfect

In grade school, most children struggle with learning multiplication tables. But as every parent and teacher knows, frequent practice can make this difficult task seem automatic, even effortless. How this happens has long remained a mystery to scientists. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say they have found a circuit in the brain that automates these non-motor tasks.

Removing access to traditional computer and TV screens eliminates our son' tics


The article presents information on a parents' memory of their son's eighth birthday, when he developed an eye tic that became progressively worse over the next few weeks. He soon had multiple ty...



Focuses on neuromuscular reprogramming, an alternative to the traditional rehabilitation of damaged muscles. Aim of initiating a kinesthetic conversation with the brain to rewrite the programs g...

Learning a New Skill? Sleep on It!


Whether you're aiming for the perfect tee shot or a sharp inside serve, when you're learning a new skill, quality sleep may be just as important as practice, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School. Researchers found that people who learned a keyboard skill in the evening similar to performing scales on the piano accurately performed the task 20% faster than those who learned the skill in the morning. This latter group showed a big performance boost, though, after a good night's sleep.

Syntax of Growth: The Language of Movement, Part Two


The article reports on the language of movement used by babies as they interact with the people and the environment around them. According to experts in alternative medicine, massage therapists, ...

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