Lay Query on Learning Repetitive Tasks

Cynthia K. Wunsch thalena at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 29 12:36:15 EST 2000


"Bill Skaggs" <skaggs at bns.pitt.edu> wrote in message
news:m7iu0oblbj.fsf at skaggs.bns.pitt.edu...
> rwa at ecs.soton.ac.uk (Robin Allen) writes:
>
> > Hello all. I have a somewhat odd request for info, and I'd be
> > grateful for any input! This post represents a brief intrusion
> > of alt.magic into the bionet groups - a rare occurrence, I
> > suspect.
> >
> > For many years I've had an interest in sleight-of-hand with
> > cards, and I've often wondered about the optimal way to practise
> > various moves. [ . . . ]
> >
> > [ . . . ]
> >
> > Such skills, it strikes me, must be pretty complex at the
> > neurological level, and my query pertains to (1) what sorts
> > of neurological processes are at work in learning them, and
> > (2) how best to train the body to develop them. I realise that
> > (1) is a pretty stiff question to ask! Can anyone point me in
> > the direction of some good layman's references on how such
> > repetitive tasks are (best) learned? Is a little practice taken
> > frequently best, or a long practice session taken occasionally?
> > Does anyone know of any studies into the acquisition of
> > such skills?
>
> Unfortunately, our understanding of the neurobiological basis of skill
> acquisition is not at the level that would be useful for the sorts of
> questions you're asking.  For what it's worth, some people, including
> me, think that the crucial changes take place in a part of the brain
> called the cerebellum -- but even if this is correct, it still doesn't
> automatically give you the necessary information about temporal
> properties.
>
> I think there is a lot of literature relating to the best schedules
> for motor learning, but it doesn't come from neuroscientists and I'm
> not particularly familiar with it.  I bet the two groups who know most
> about this are (1) music educators and (2) althetic trainers.  Those
> are the areas I would look at for more useful information.
>
> -- Bill
Try rec.music.makers.piano :)






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