Brain Neurorehabil.  2010 Sep;3(2):57-63. 10.12786/bn.2010.3.2.57.

Motor Learning: Basic Concept and Theories

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.
  • 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea.


Motor learning is defined as a relatively permanent change in the capability for skilled motor performance as a result of practice or experience. Neurorehabilitation is fundamentally a process of motor learning or re-learning with a disrupted neural network. There are many theory models to explain learning and performance. Recent studies demonstrate motor learning is associated with neuronal plasticity. In a viewpoint of motor learning, neurorehabilitation should be geared towards an active and task-specific treatment.


motor learning; plasticity; rehabilitation
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