Perception as a Route for Motor Skill Learning: Perspectives from Neuroscience

Ori Ossmy, Roy Mukamel

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Learning a motor skill requires physical practice that engages neural networks involved in movement. These networks have also been found to be engaged during perception of sensory signals associated with actions. Nonetheless, despite extensive evidence for the existence of such sensory-evoked neural activity in motor pathways, much less is known about their contribution to learning and actual changes in behavior. Primate studies usually involve an overlearned task while studies in humans have largely focused on characterizing activity of the action observation network (AON) in the context of action understanding, theory of mind, and social interactions. Relatively few studies examined neural plasticity induced by perception and its role in transfer of motor knowledge. Here, we review this body of literature and point to future directions for the development of alternative, physiologically grounded ways in which sensory signals could be harnessed to improve motor skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-153
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • action perception
  • human
  • motor skill learning
  • sensory feedback


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