When training fine motor skills, are identically setup practice sessions ideal or, like machine learning, does adding noise/variability to the practice session increase skill acquisition?

  • $\begingroup$ This question might be more educational to people if you included a reference (or link to more detailed discussion) of the ML observation that is the basis for this. $\endgroup$ – Artem Kaznatcheev Jun 3 '16 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ That's an interesting note +1 $\endgroup$ – AliceD Jun 3 '16 at 21:39

According to "Motor Skills Are Strengthened through Reconsolidation" (available through SciHub) adding variability to practice sessions increases learning speed. In the paper, patients were directed to move a cursor on a screen to certain targets via pinch force. Patients who's pinch force mapping was modified during each trial ended up learning faster and performing better on the original pinch task.

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