Not quite there: Skill consolidation in training by doing or observing

Rinatia Maaravi Hesseg, Carmit Gal, Avi Karni

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We tested the notion that action observation engages learning processes and mnemonic representations overlapping with those engaged in actual performance. An identical number of training instances, actual performance, or observation, was afforded on a finger opposition sequence task. Both training modes resulted in immediate gains in performance, as well as in robust delayed, "off-line," gains, indicating post-training consolidation. However, the expression of delayed gains could be blocked by the subsequent performance of a second sequence (post-training interference), but not by its observation. The mnemonic representations of "how-to" knowledge acquired from actual or observed movement may not overlap.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalLearning and Memory
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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