The Hybrid of Motor Learning and Motivation…

Feedback frequency, specficity of practice, intensity, repetitions…yes, we know many of the essential components of motor learning in rehabilitation AND how to best manipulate them now both in recovery of function and in learning of novel task. In 2016, Wulf and Lewthwaite added the OPTIMAL theory to what we knew. The authors added concepts of autonomy, enhanced expectancies, and external focus. These principles can be extended further by applying behavioral economics and the social science of motivation that has been studied in business and is described well in Daniel Pink’s TED talk, “The Puzzle of Motivation”, found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y         Happy viewing, and applying in your rehabilitation clinics!   Ready for more application? The Studer Course