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Henry's memory drum theory


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Theory concerned with memorization of motor skills, which postulates that neuromotor coordination patterns are stored in the form of neural patterns in the higher centres of the central nervous system on what is called a memory drum. The drum has been likened to a computer memory store, which contains programmes ready to function in a desired fashion upon the appropriate signal. Thus, in humans, whenever a specific movement pattern is needed, the stimulus causes the memory drum to ‘play back’ the particular learned skill. The theory supports the idea that learning motor skills is specific, rather than general, and that there is little or no carry-over from one skill to another unless the skills are nearly identical (see transfer of training).

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