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"Digit anatomy": a new technique for learning anatomy using motor memory.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21538938     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Gestural motions of the hands and fingers are powerful tools for expressing meanings and concepts, and the nervous system has the capacity to retain multiple long-term motor memories, especially including movements of the hands. We developed many sets of successive movements of both hands, referred to as "digit anatomy," and made students practice the movements which express (1) the aortic arch, subclavian, and thoracoacromial arteries and their branches, (2) the celiac trunk, superior mesenteric artery and their branches, and formation of the portal vein, (3) the heart and the coronary arteries, and (4) the brachial, lumbar, and sacral plexuses. A feedback survey showed that digit anatomy was helpful for the students not only in memorizing anatomical structures but also in understanding their functions. Out of 40 students, 34 of them who learned anatomy with the help of digit anatomy were "very satisfied" or "generally satisfied" with this new teaching method. Digit anatomy that was used to express the aortic arch, subclavian, and thoracoacromial arteries and their branches was more helpful than those representing other structures. Although the movements of digit anatomy are expected to be remembered longer than the exact meaning of each movement, invoking the motor memory of the movement may help to make relearning of the same information easier and faster in the future.
Chang-Seok Oh; Hyung-Sun Won; Kyong-Jee Kim; Dong-Su Jang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-04-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anatomical sciences education     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1935-9780     ISO Abbreviation:  Anat Sci Educ     Publication Date:    2011 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-18     Completed Date:  2011-09-08     Revised Date:  2012-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101392205     Medline TA:  Anat Sci Educ     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  132-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 American Association of Anatomists.
Department of Anatomy, Samsung Biomedical Research Institute, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Anatomy / education*
Arteries / anatomy & histology*
Psychomotor Performance*
Spinal Nerves / anatomy & histology*
Teaching / methods*

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