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How do my fingers know where a letter is... but not my brain?

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I came across this idea when someone asked me where a key was on a keyboard. For the life of me, I couldn't think as to where it was located... yet when I need to type that key, my finger can go there without me even thinking.

How does the brain keep track of where my finger needs to go... but at the same time, I can't remember where that key may be located on the board? In the end, I had to pretend to type a word on the desk to get it approximate place.

Anyone know?
post #2 of 21
Because your brain doesn't memorize the exact location of the letter, it memorizes how to move your finger for it to hit that letter. So you would be able to locate the letter if they asked you to put your fingers on a flat surface and put your finger where the letter would be.
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u were probably taught the hand position where ur hands memorizes where to put it and what to press. i learned through memorizing the buttons because of my blackberry
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Muscle memory, also known as motor learning, is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition....Examples of muscle memory are found in many everyday activities that become automatic and improve with practice, such as riding a bicycle, typing on a keyboard, playing a melody or phrase on a musical instrument, playing video games, or even solving a puzzle cube.
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post #5 of 21
i find my self hunting for common keys i use every day as well, sometimes i can type without looking like i am doing right now, but sometimes i get realy confused and need to look and poke to write a word lol.
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It's called muscle memory.

This is what police and military train for as well. That way in stressful situations you don't need to think about what you are doing, you just do it.
    
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Originally Posted by frankth3frizz View Post
u were probably taught the hand position where ur hands memorizes where to put it and what to press. i learned through memorizing the buttons because of my blackberry
But, if your brain can activate muscles and direct your finger to a key... why is it harder to try and imagine where it is in your head? Having Googled myself, I suspect it comes down to this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_memory
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Weird enough, I memorized the whole keyboard and I can type with the monitor off and in the dark with the standard QWERTY Layout. XD
   
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post #9 of 21
Muscle memory allows your body to learn how to do certain movements in certain situations such as keyboard strokes. I have muscle memory for sharpening knives since I do it so often and for so long.
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oh i know about muscle memory. I avoid it when weight lifting because it doesnt help, instead you do muscle confusion
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