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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2005 Apr;15(2):161-7.

Reorganization and plasticity in the adult brain during learning of motor skills.

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  • 1Functional Neuroimaging Unit, University of Montreal Geriatric Institute, 4565, Queen-Mary Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3W 1W5, Canada. julien.doyon@umontreal.ca


On the basis of brain imaging studies, Doyon and Ungerleider recently proposed a model describing the cerebral plasticity that occurs in both cortico-striatal and cortico-cerebellar systems of the adult brain during learning of new motor skilled behaviors. This theoretical framework makes several testable predictions with regards to the contribution of these neural systems based on the phase (fast, slow, consolidation, automatization, and retention) and nature of the motor learning processes (motor sequence versus motor adaptation) acquired through repeated practice. There has been recent behavioral, lesion and additional neuroimaging studies that have addressed the assumptions made in this theory that will help in the revision of this model.

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