Do young children and adults share similar underlying motor skill learning mechanisms? Past studies have shown that school-aged children’s speed of performance developed over wake periods of a few hours post-training. Such training-dependent gains were not found in adults. In the current study of children as young as 5-years-old and young adults who practiced a simple grapho-motor task, this finding was replicated only by the children that showed faster performance a few hours post-training. These positive gains in performance speed were retained two weeks later. Furthermore, among the children, variations in gains attained a few hours post-training were associated with initial performance level. These behavioral findings indicate different underlying post-training processes in children’s and adults’ motor skill learning thus, supporting differential tutoring of skills.
|State||Published - Jan 2019|
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