In a new study researchers have found watching of videos of simple task ahead of executing those may help in improving the skills in performing it. It is said our brain is boosted up with the video and adapts task.
The finding was presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Researchers said the structure of our brain or the plasticity is boosted and hence the motor skills is increased.
Researchers conducted the study on more than 30 right-handed healthy adults. All underwent a 40-minute training session five times a week for two consecutive weeks. Half of the participants were made to watch videos of simple task like managing coins and writing with a pen first and then asked to do the same task. The remaining participants were made to see videos of landscapes and then asked to perform the same tasks.
After two weeks both the groups were tested on their hand skills and strength. They also underwent 3D MRI brain scans.
Researchers found the group that completed the task after viewing the videos performed with eleven times greater improvement in their motor skill abilities. This was not found in the other group who were made to watch landscape videos.
Study author Paolo Preziosa said they conclude with the idea that even adult is able to learn skills better by watching the activity.
Preziosa is the MD with San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy.
Italian Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis funded his study.
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