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Excerpts — Motor Learning and Performance 5th Edition With Web Study Guide

The benefits of studying motor skills

Because skills make up such a large part of human life, scientists and educators have been trying for centuries to understand the determinants of skills and the factors that affect their performance.

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Movement programming and the psychological refractory period

As you’ll recall from chapter 2, the movement programming stage is the third in the sequence of information-processing stages.

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Can mental practice generate motor learning?

One useful addition to the collection of activities in a practice session is to ask the learner to rehearse skills to be learned mentally, without performing actual, overt physical practice.

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Research illuminates the benefits of random practice over blocked practice in motor learning

In many, if not most, real-world settings, the learner’s goal is to acquire more than a single skill or task in a limited practice period, sometimes even in a single practice period.

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