Change up your practice routine to master skills faster

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Washington D.C, Jan 29 (ANI): Tweak your practice routine to learn and improve a skill faster, a recent study has suggested.

In the Johns Hopkins study of 86 healthy volunteers asked to learn a computer-based motor skill, those who quickly adjusted to a modified practice session the second time around performed better than when repeating their original task, the researchers found.

The results support the idea that a process called reconsolidation, in which existing memories are recalled and modified with new knowledge, plays a key role in the strengthening of motor skills, says senior study author Pablo A. Celnik.

The work has implications not only for leisure skills, like learning to play a musical instrument or a sport, but also for helping patients with stroke and other neurological conditions regain lost motor function, he says.

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Celnik said that the alterations in training have to be small.

The study is published in the journal Current Biology. (ANI)

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