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Excerpt — Attention and Motor Skill Learning

Pressure for flawless performance creates distractions

Some scientists believe that pressure to perform well creates distractions.

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Learning process when acquiring motor skills similar for all individuals

Even though motor skills vary, the learning process that individuals go through when acquiring those skills is similar.

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Mechsner's studies show that actions are governed by perceptual goals

Focusing on the goal allows the motor system to “spontaneously” produce effective movements.

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Mentally perform a movement first for more effective learning

Some scientists believe that it is important not to think about the movement while executing it.

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Attentional focus plays a role in delivering a flawless performance

Insights into the various facets of expertise of concert pianists, as well as the role their attentional focus plays in delivering a “perfect” performance.

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