Memory systems and the control of skilled action

Wayne Christensen, John Sutton, Kath Bicknell

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    In keeping with the dominant view that skills are largely automatic, the standard view of memory systems distinguishes between a representational declarative system associated with cognitive processes and a performance-based procedural system. The procedural system is thought to be largely responsible for the performance of well-learned skilled actions. Here we argue that most skills do not fully automate, which entails that the declarative system should make a substantial contribution to skilled performance. To support this view, we review evidence showing that the declarative system does indeed play a number of roles in skilled action.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)692-718
    Number of pages27
    JournalPhilosophical Psychology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2019


    • skill
    • memory systems
    • declarative
    • procedural
    • cognitive control
    • motor control


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