29 Nov '16, 2pm

What Re-Learning how to ride a bike can teach us about motor learning:

It takes him months to learn how to ride the backwards bike, when his young son learns it in a matter of weeks. This is a nice clear demonstration of how age/degree of ingrainment matters More interestingly, once he finally learns how to ride the backwards bike, when he goes back to riding a regular bike, he’s horrible at it and can’t do it. He’s ‘lost’ that skill or more correctly, he’s transferred the pattern that once resulted in riding a regular bike to that of riding a backwards bike. Finally, and perhaps most intriguing, is that when he is relearning how to ride a regular bike, there isn’t a gradual progression of learning how to do it. Instead, a flip is switched and all of the sudden he goes from useless to good at riding again, almost in an instant, as if his brain rewired instantly.

Full article: http://www.scienceofrunning.com/2016/11/what-unlearning-a...

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