Regional brain activation associated with different performance patterns during learning of a complex motor skill.

  title={Regional brain activation associated with different performance patterns during learning of a complex motor skill.},
  author={Joseph I. Tracy and Adam E. Flanders and Saussan Madi and Joseph W Laskas and Eve Stoddard and Ayis Pyrros and Peter Natale and Nicole Delvecchio},
  journal={Cerebral cortex},
  volume={13 9},
In understanding the brain's response to extensive practice and development of high-level, expert skill, a key question is whether the same brain structures remain involved throughout the different stages of learning and a form of adaptation occurs, or a new functional circuit is formed with some structures dropping off and others joining. After training subjects on a set of complex motor tasks (tying knots), we utilized fMRI to observe that in subjects who learned the task well new regional… 

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