Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Impaired Multidimensional Motor Sequence Learning

  • Michael Borich
  • Lara Boyd
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_1752



Inability to learn a dimension of movement with practice in response to specific task demands during a motor task requiring serial, patterned movement. The three primary dimensions are: (1) motor (movement command), (2) spatial (movement in space), and (3) temporal (timing of a movement).

Theoretical Background

Learning motor skills involves integrating many elements of a movement in an environment in order to successfully perform the desired response consistently over time. Most “real-life” skills involve sequential movements to complete a task. In a controlled laboratory setting, these elements are usually tested in isolation making it difficult to deduce which elements are most salient to acquisition of a given skill. Every movement dimension (motor, spatial, and temporal) requires a certain level of precision for successful skill production. For example,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada