Perspectives on theory and application of implicit and explicit motor learning in neurological rehabilitation

Melanie Kleynen

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisExternal prepared


Many people who have suffered a stroke have to re-learn certain movements, like walking. This can take many different forms. Physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals can offer detailed verbal instructions (explicit learning) or have patients experience a movement subconsciously through the use of metaphors or challenging environments (implicit learning). In this project, the knowledge and experience of international experts on explicit and implicit learning methods for movement were combined to develop a conceptual model for therapists. Applied studies have revealed that implicit learning is the most manageable and the most successful at helping patients learn how to walk.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Beurskens, Sandra, Supervisor
  • Masters, R.S.W., Supervisor, External person
  • Braun, Susy M., Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Rasquin, Sascha, Co-Supervisor
Award date20 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • neurological rehabilitation
  • physiotherapy
  • movement
  • learning
  • implicit
  • explicit

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