Automaticity: The cerebellum, which lies immediately above the brain stem, has long been known to control the rhythm and timing of movement. The vestibular system and the cerebellum constantly interact to give expression to the rhythm and timing of complex movements.
More recently, much research has been carried out on the cerebellum’s role in learning. It plays a large role in making things become automatic (an ability known as “automaticity”).
When properly integrating inputs from the vestibular, auditory and visual systems, as well as the execut ive centers in the frontal cortex, the cerebellum allows us to practice activities until they become automatic.
When the cerebellum is not functioning properly, our ability to learn is inhibited. Learning to read, for example, becomes impossibly difficult and frustrating. Imagine having to start all over again every time you tried to learn the alphabet, or ride a bike, or spell…