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What is sensori-motor learning?

Sensorimotor (already the spelling doesn’t look right, but it is) is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as

adjective

Physiology

(of nerves or their actions) having or involving both sensory and motor functions or pathways.

 

After reading the proposed example sentences, we realize this is a scientific rabbit hole.

We are looking for an explanation that can be understood without a degree in physiology.

Sensori + Motor

“Sensori” sounds reassuringly similar to sensor or sensory: “Relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses.”

All those activities are performed by our sensory system, consisting of our senses or sensory organs.

Very simply put, we hear with our ears, see with our eyes, taste with our tongue. More precisely, we taste with our taste buds, that are located on the tongue. And you probably can guess, the closer you look the more complicated the whole topic of sensory perception becomes. And, quite surprisingly, we figure out how little we actually know about our sensory influx and how it is processed.

“Motor” sounds also familiar at first. Apart from referring to engine, it relates to “muscular movement or the nerves activating it”. It has its origins in the Latin word “movere” – to move. Our motor system makes us move. It’s like the strings of a puppet.

“Motor” sounds also familiar at first. Apart from referring to engine, it relates to “muscular movement or the nerves activating it”. It has its origins in the Latin word “movere” – to move. Our motor system makes us move. It’s like the strings of a puppet.

Sensori + motor: how the two systems work together. Say, like input/output.

What exactly happens during a movement?

When you want to lift your arm, the first step is the mental processing of your brain to set your goals. (Brain: I want to move the left arm up)

This order might be triggered by reflexes, controlled or intended movement objectives.

In order to reach the stated goal (arm up), the brain looks for memories of same or similar movements. (Check: have I done this before?)

If yes, this memory and the records of instructions to the motor system are re-issued. Every party involved now knows what to do. (muscles, joints, etc.)

During that process there is a constant check-back between master and executives.

The Memory Game

One of the most fascinating aspects is how the brain relies on previous memories. And you might know from own experience, there also can be “Wrong” memories. Or you might have experienced having to un-learn some badly acquired habits (in sports).

Fact is, the more the brain “knows” about a movement it plans to do, the more precisely it is able to master the strings of the marionette.

With “more” knowledge we actually mean multi-sensory information. Every additional input channel provides extra knowledge, like color channels of a printed image.

When training with SensuGlasses you practice your sensory skills of proprioception, kinesthetic perception, balance, tactile perception. All those components partake in what we call “Feel”. Combined, these sensory memories help your brain to issue more precise orders and support your motor system to execute more thoroughly.

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