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Motor Memory: Skills Slip Most Easily In First Hours After Learning

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August 7, 1997
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University Of Maryland, Baltimore
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The first six hours after a motor skill is learned are crucial to formation of permanent, automatic memory for performing that skill. During those hours, the brain forms an internal model or blueprint for the skill and moves it from one part of the brain to another for storage, researchers report in this week's issue of the journal Science.

They say practice makes perfect, but when it comes to skills involving movement and coordination, a more critical factor appears to be the simple passage of time.


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