Navigation Links
Dartmouth research reveals passive learning imprints on the brain just like active learning
Date:7/14/2008

It's conventional wisdom that practice makes perfect. But if practicing only consists of watching, rather than doing, does that advance proficiency? Yes, according to a study by Dartmouth researchers.

In a study titled "Sensitivity of the Action Observation Network to Physical and Observational Learning" published in the journal Cerebral Cortex in May 2008, Dartmouth researchers determined that people can acquire motor skills through the "seeing" as well as the "doing" form of learning.

"It's been established in previous research that there are correlations in behavioral performance between active and passive learning, but in this study we were surprised by the remarkable similarity in brain activation when our research participants observed dance sequences that were actively or passively experienced," says Emily Cross, the principal investigator and PhD student at Dartmouth. Cross, who earned her degree in June, is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.

Cross and her collaborators used a video game where players have to move in a particular sequence to match the position of arrows on the screen, similar to the popular Dance Dance Revolution game. The researchers measured the skill level of participants for sequences that were actively rehearsed daily, and a different set of sequences that were passively observed for an equivalent amount of time. Brain activity when watching both kinds of sequences (as well as a third set of sequences that were entirely unfamiliar) was captured using fMRI, functional magnetic resonance imaging. The study focused on the Action Observance Network (AON) in the brain, a group of neural regions found mostly in the inferior parietal and premotor cortices of the brain (near the top of the head) responsible for motor skills and some memory functions.

"We collected fMRI data before and after five days of both visual and
'/>"/>

Contact: Sue Knapp
sue.knapp@dartmouth.edu
603-646-3661
Dartmouth College
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Evaluation Findings Demonstrate Masimo Patient SafetyNet(TM) Delivers Improvements in Clinical Outcomes and Patient Safety on General Care Floors
2. Chronically Ill Patients Get More Care, Less Quality, Says Latest Dartmouth Atlas
3. Rural patients colon and lung cancers diagnosed earlier, Dartmouth research says
4. Major Pharma Clinical Case Studies From Amgen, AstraZeneca, GSK, Intermune, Cephalon Inc, Sunesis Pharmaceuticals and Dartmouth Medical School During Fall Clinical Focused Programs
5. Researchers: Program discourages HIV transmission in Russia
6. Bold Evolution Transforms National Jewish Medical and Research Center to National Jewish Health
7. Rutgers research identifies brain cells related to fear
8. Stanford Bio-X researchers use needle-thin probe to get first look at working muscle fiber
9. New Research Shows Cadaver Tissue Fails Nearly a Quarter of the Time in Young, Athletic ACL Reconstruction Patients
10. Researchers design model for automated, wearable artificial kidney
11. New Research Covers Current Trends and Future Directions of the High Performing Pharmaceutical District Sales Managers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... , ... The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) remains focused ... more doctors and nurses and expanding existing facilities and services. Spine surgery will ... Anthony Jabre was selected to lead and grow the Bay Pines VAHCS’s new spine ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2015 , ... ... “ Treatments for traumatic brain injury with emphasis on transcranial near-infrared laser phototherapy ... medical breakthrough. Traumatic brain injury has been largely untreatable - with mostly palliative ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Since 1946, the doctors and staff at Clifton Dental Associates ... patient arrives at the office, the staff will make them feel welcome and comfortable. ... to create a complete dental treatment plan that is unique to each smile! ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... ... the FCPX LUT Soft pack from Pixel Film Studios, editors can quickly and easily add ... formula for modifying an image. The LUT changes every pixel's color to the corresponding color ... LUT Soft requires Final Cut Pro X 10.2 or newer. , By manipulating each ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... 31, 2015 , ... According to an article published August 3rd ... adolescents who underwent bariatric surgery “felt significantly better two years after surgery.” The article ... in the study felt that their “mental health had been normalized” at the point ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Neurosurgeon Selected to Lead Growing Spine Care Program 2Health News:Neurosurgeon Selected to Lead Growing Spine Care Program 3Health News:Near-Infrared Laser Phototherapy for Brain Injury published by Dove Medical Press 2Health News:Near-Infrared Laser Phototherapy for Brain Injury published by Dove Medical Press 3Health News:NJ Top Dentists Presents, Clifton Dental Associates! 2Health News:Pixel Film Studios, FCPX Plugin Developer, Releases FCPX LUT Soft 2Health News:Article on Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Demonstrates the Powerful Effect of Being in Control, Notes Dr. Michael Feiz 2Health News:Article on Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Demonstrates the Powerful Effect of Being in Control, Notes Dr. Michael Feiz 3
... has negatively affected the treatment received by children and adolescents ... The meeting was hosted in association with the European Society ... hurdles faced by patients and those who care for them ... The Directive (2001/20/EC) has been one of the most ...
... 2012) The Scott & White Heart & Vascular Institute ... of Approval as a hospital performing Ventricular Assist Device ... permanent support for end stage heart failure by means ... the program demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission,s national ...
... Gordon HealthDay Reporter , TUESDAY, Feb. 14 ... doesn,t speed recovery, new research shows. "We did ... diagnosis of acute sinusitis, and found no benefit from ... of acute sinusitis," said study author Dr. Jane Garbutt, ...
... , TUESDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- People who drank ... to 5 pounds over half a year, according to new ... divided into three groups: those who switched to water from ... those who weren,t advised to change beverages but were given ...
... , Blood tests have been a mainstay of diagnostic ... of information concerning health and disease. Nevertheless, blood derived ... fully mined for its vital health information, according to ... Institute. In a new study appearing in the ...
... in the field of Physical Anthropology. She not only ... Czech Republic, but she is also the Chair of ... the Department of Genetics, Physical Anthropology and Animal Physiology ... carried out numerous pieces of work into nutritional habits, ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Calls for policy changes as lives put at risk by bureaucracy 2Health News:Calls for policy changes as lives put at risk by bureaucracy 3Health News:Antibiotics Don't Help Most Sinus Infections, Study Finds 2Health News:Antibiotics Don't Help Most Sinus Infections, Study Finds 3Health News:Switching to Water, Diet Drinks Linked to Modest Weight Loss 2Health News:Following a trail of blood: A new diagnostic tool comes of age 2Health News:Following a trail of blood: A new diagnostic tool comes of age 3Health News:Analyzing the causes of obesity in the Romani ethnic group 2Health News:Analyzing the causes of obesity in the Romani ethnic group 3
(Date:8/31/2015)... The Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council and ... Sciences Policy Forum to state legislators. The new policy ... Diagnostics in Indianapolis and featured ... Ellspermann and State Sen. Brandt Hershman . ... new Learning & Development Center, which is under construction ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... , Aug. 31, 2015  DICOM Grid,  ... today that it was recognized as a semifinalist ... software.  The awards are sponsored by ... related professionals in the medical imaging industry.  Since ... radiology professionals to acknowledge the contributions of their ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... TWINSBURG, Ohio , Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... and applications, has acquired MACTek Corporation, a leading ... part of Pepperl+Fuchs, strategy to further extend its ... the WirelessHART market.    "We are ... to our existing portfolio," said Jim Bolin ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and State Sen. Brandt Hershman Kick Off New Life Sciences Policy Series 2Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and State Sen. Brandt Hershman Kick Off New Life Sciences Policy Series 3DG Suite Nabs "Minnies" Nomination for "Best New Radiology Software" 2
... Tenn. , May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall / -- Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... acute care and gastroenterology markets, today announced that Chief Commercial Officer ... Global Life Sciences Conference in New York at 11:30 ... , , , ...
... , May 20 LightLab Imaging, Inc. announced today that ... leading interventional cardiologist and Director of the Interventional Cardiovascular Center at University ... available to hospitals in the United States – Optical Coherence ... Dr. Costa ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Cumberland Pharmaceuticals to Present at Jefferies Global Life Sciences Conference in New York on June 8, 2010 2LightLab's C7-XR FD-OCT Intravascular Imaging System Featured on Good Morning America 2LightLab's C7-XR FD-OCT Intravascular Imaging System Featured on Good Morning America 3
For the qualitative detection of antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2 in human serum, plasma and whole blood specimens...
... X-Drape combines full 0.25 mm pb ... sterile drape material that can be ... between the clinician and the source ... clinician must be in very close ...
... The first mobile clinical assistant ... A convergence of technologies in the ... you normally do during your,shift such ... and take pictures using one single ...
Patent Pending lateral flow assay platform that contributes to increased sensitivty...
Medicine Products: