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In this activity, learners investigate procedural memory. Procedural memory is the type of memory called upon when performing skills, learned behaviors, or procedures such as tying a shoelace or riding a bicycle. Learners perform a task that involves procedural memory and discover that repetition is key to becoming efficient at the task.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Perception
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Lenses and Mirrors
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, BrainU, ©2008

Funding Sources:

  • SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) supported by the National Center for Research Resources, a part of the National Institutes of Health
  • ARRA