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Muscle Memory

Stegosaurus

Registered Member
I was driving my car today, which is an automatic transmission, and I after pulling onto a road quickly I found my right hand immediately go to the shifter in the "light-touch ready position" to shift. It happens a few times per month. I haven't driven a manual transmission (regularly) for 3 years, but I learned to drive on one 8 years ago. :lol:

Q: Does anyone else find themselves with recurring muscle memory or habits that haven't been needed for years?
 

Smelnick

Creeping On You
V.I.P.
Hammering nails. I rarely pull nails out of boards or hammer much the last few years. However, as a kid, I did it all the time. So even now, I find myself having an easy time flipping the hammer around and such. I just do it naturally.
 

Starfire86

Registered Member
I do it with a lot of things, but the one I do the most is playing the piano. It's almost like my body is on autopilot, and while I'm off thinking about something it's playing a song, then I become more aware of my hands and forget what I'm even playing :lol:
 

Jeanie

still nobody's bitch
V.I.P.
Listen to my muscle memory
Contemplate what I've been clinging to


:headbanger:


I still do that sometimes when I'm driving, and I haven't driven a clutch in a year.

When I was married, I had a habit of turning my ring with my thumb, and I think it was months after we split up before the surprise of it not being there wore off.
 

Iris

rainbow 11!
Sometimes when I first jump into bed, my hands find their way into my pants without me noticing.

Now for my serious answer! I actually haven't had an instance like that. Unless you count using the wrong controls when playing a video that you haven't played in a while? Sometimes I mix them up.
 

shelgarr

Registered Member
Yes, I will suddenly use keyboard key combinations on my laptop that were used only on Nixdorf data entry systems. I quit that job in 1990.
 

Dabs

Registered Member
I was driving my car today, which is an automatic transmission, and I after pulling onto a road quickly I found my right hand immediately go to the shifter in the "light-touch ready position" to shift. It happens a few times per month. I haven't driven a manual transmission (regularly) for 3 years, but I learned to drive on one 8 years ago. :lol:

Q: Does anyone else find themselves with recurring muscle memory or habits that haven't been needed for years?
Something similar Steg. I drive an automatic, but it's in the center of the console, and I always rest my hand on the gear shift as I drive even. Occasionally I have driven someone else's vehicle (like I used to drive my Mother's van when I took her to the doctor) and if it's an automatic on the steering column, my hand will still go downward towards the center floorboard, reaching for a gearshift that isn't there. I definitely could never get used to driving a car with the gears on the column again.
 
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