Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Unconscious abstraction in motor learning

Aysha S. Keisler a1 and Daniel T. Willingham a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904 [email protected] http:[email protected]


Given the complexity and generalizability of motor skills, it is difficult to account for learning in this area without incorporating the concept of unconscious abstraction. A model based solely on association does not seem to account for data in this domain; specifically, instances that require learners to execute a practiced motor skill in a novel situation.