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Knowing without doing

Is it possible to know what to do without being able to act upon this knowledge? In a recent study, Atallah et al. show clear evidence that learning a new skill and expressing it are two separate steps that can be dissociated.

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Figure 1: Anatomical structures and logical relationships behind 'knowing without doing'.

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Lerchner, A., La Camera, G. & Richmond, B. Knowing without doing. Nat Neurosci 10, 15–17 (2007).

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