Common mechanisms of human perceptual and motor learning

Nitzan Censor*, Dov Sagi, Leonardo G. Cohen

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The adult mammalian brain has a remarkable capacity to learn in both the perceptual and motor domains through the formation and consolidation of memories. Such practice-enabled procedural learning results in perceptual and motor skill improvements. Here, we examine evidence supporting the notion that perceptual and motor learning in humans exhibit analogous properties, including similarities in temporal dynamics and the interactions between primary cortical and higher-order brain areas. These similarities may point to the existence of a common general mechanism for learning in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)658-664
Number of pages7
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and StrokeZIANS003030
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo05/59286-4
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico


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