Annu Rev Psychol 2021 01 25;72:61-95. Epub 2020 Sep 25.
Department of Psychology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, USA; email:
The study of motor planning and learning in humans has undergone a dramatic transformation in the 20 years since this journal's last review of this topic. The behavioral analysis of movement, the foundational approach for psychology, has been complemented by ideas from control theory, computer science, statistics, and, most notably, neuroscience. The result of this interdisciplinary approach has been a focus on the computational level of analysis, leading to the development of mechanistic models at the psychological level to explain how humans plan, execute, and consolidate skilled reaching movements. Read More