Cognitive skill acquisition

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Cognitive skill acquisition is acquiring the ability to solve problems in intellectual tasks, where success is determined more by subjects' knowledge than by their physical prowess. This review considers research conducted in the past ten years on cognitive skill acquisition. It covers the initial stages of acquiring a single principle or rule, the initial stages of acquiring a collection of interacting pieces of knowledge, and the final stages of acquiring a skill, wherein practice causes increases in speed and accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-539
Number of pages27
JournalAnnual Review of Psychology
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Acquisition
  • Cognitive skill acquisition
  • Practice effects
  • Problem solving
  • Transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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