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BMC Neuroscience

, 14:133

Cognition and behavior: learning and behavior


BackgroundTransfer of learning facilitates the efficient mastery of various skills without practicing all possible sensory-motor repertoires. The present study assessed whether motor practice at a submaximal speed, which is typical in sports and music performance, results in an increase in a maximum speed of finger movements of trained and untrained skills.

ResultsPiano practice of sequential finger movements at a submaximal speed over days progressively increased the maximum speed of trained movements. This increased maximum speed of finger movements was maintained two months after the practice. The learning transferred within the hand to some extent, but not across the hands.

ConclusionsThe present study confirmed facilitation of fast finger movements following a piano practice at a submaximal speed. In addition, the findings indicated the intra-manual transfer effects of piano practice on the maximum speed of skilled finger movements.

KeywordsTransfer Motor learning Neuroplasticity Fine motor control Motor skill Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2202-14-133 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Shinichi Furuya - Ayumi Nakamura - Noriko Nagata


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