On Supporting Physical Skill Discovery

Furukawa Koichi, Suwa Masaki, Chukyo University, Kato Takaaki

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One of the main difficulties in motor skill acquisition is attributed to body control based on wrong mental models. This is true to various domains such as playing sports and playing musical instruments. In order to acquire adequate motor skill by modifying false belief, we need to help people find appropriate key points in achieving a body control and integrate them. In this paper, we investigate three approaches to realize such support. The first one is to encourage exploration of the relations among key points constituting a motor skill, using a technique of meta-cognitive verbalization. The second one is to represent a motor skill by appropriate mechanical models. The third one is to integrate rules for component tasks in achieving a compound task. These three approaches, we argue, help people build an integrated mental model consisting of multiple relations among various key points, one that seems to be indispensable for acquisition of motor skills. These ideas suggest the possibility to create new skill rules to perform difficult tasks automatically. keywords: motor skill, whip dynamics, verbalization of tacit knowledge, meta-cognition, mental practice, skill discovery support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-573
Number of pages11
JournalTransactions of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence


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