Extended Practice of Motor Skills Makes for a More Efficient Brain: What You Get for those 10,000 Hours

A cross-section of brain regions.
A cross-section of brain regions.

In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell asked the question of what makes the best and brightest, the world’s high-achievers, different. The answer? Practice. They work at their chosen field of endeavor. More specifically, Gladwell said that 10,000 hours of practice was the sort of endeavor that makes the Yo-yo Mas of this world experts of their trade.

Sports fans, as well as those that follow musicians and writers, all know of someone that performs at the top of their profession without seeming to exert much effort. Though I grew up at the skating rink, the first time I watched a college hockey match I couldn’t believe how the skaters made jumps, turns and twists while on skates. These were the sorts of moves that most of us couldn’t do in jogging shoes, yet these guys seemed to do it without thinking about it. Effortlessly, even under pressure. Continue reading “Extended Practice of Motor Skills Makes for a More Efficient Brain: What You Get for those 10,000 Hours”