The real reason for brains?
I've stumbled upon the video of Daniel Wolpert on TED Talks, entitled "the real reason for brains". It has a lot of useful information in it regarding movement control and planning. In a nutshell everything we do in our everyday life involves movement and most of it ( 95 %) is operating below our conscious awareness. We can only move in the ways the brain know how and consider safe to do, it chooses the way to perform the task based on the previous experience and information it receives from different sensory input. So what can we do to improve our movement? Answer is simple - move!!!
Motor Learning Concept
"novel stimulus demands attention and creates awareness"
Novelty has been shown to engage the pre-frontal cortex in humans. Novel stimulus garners attention and our attention makes things happen. When we attempt a new and complicated movement pattern, the proprioceptive system becomes sensitised. To learn and attain the skill, our motor and sensory cortices soak up huge amount of feedback from the body. With patience and dedication, our intention, imagination and motor performance begin to align and movement begins to materialise.
(David Fleming, Luke Sherrell 2015)