Outreach posts tagged as practice

Limits to learning by observing: when learning by doing leads to differences in brain activity and behaviours in comparison to observation only


[field_image_fid]Practitioners often use “learning by observation” when teaching new skills; however, there is limited research on how the brain - behavioural responses compare with “learning by doing”. We compared the brain responses when performing and watching a novel joystick-tracing task in three groups: a physical practice group, an observational practice group and a group that had no practice. We then compared their behavioural performance during retention. Following physical practice when all groups watched a video of the task, there was activation in motor regions bilaterally.

How practice without vision aids later seeing and predicting in a throwing task



Do you think that blindfolded practice of a motor skill would allow you to more accurately predict the outcomes of that skill when viewing a video of someone else performing it?  Would you be able to improve in prediction ability as much as if you had full vision during practice?  In the present study we set out to see how the physical and visual experiences contribute to enhancing one's ability to predict action outcomes. We ask whether motor experience is sufficient to make visually-based decisions about the outcomes of another's action.

Describing changes in the brain with practice



Working with Katie Wadden and Lara Boyd (in the Brain and Behaviour Lab, UBC), we have recently assembled a data base of neuroimaging studies exploring motor learning. These studies involve a range of skill types, tasks (one-handed, two-handed), and (most importantly) different durations of training.