Getting a Feel For It

Getting a Feel For It

Your sink breaks on a holiday and you consult YouTube for help. You’re gathered around a TV with a group of friends, intently watching your favorite sports team. You’ve just started a retail job, and you watch intently as your supervisor demonstrates just how the register works.

What links these scenarios? In each—just beneath your conscious awareness—your brain is conducting what neuroscientists call a ‘motor simulation’ of the movements you’re observing