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


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.