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No, these are not examples of intuition, but examples of procedural memory (or automaticity). Procedural memory is the ability to perform certain tasks without conscious awareness.
What you describe is the textbook definition of a habit: routines of behavior that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously. These are triggered by some external (say, being behind the driver's well of a car) or internal (say, being upset) stimuli. This activates chunks of procedural memory, which attempts to carry out a task that was usually ...
A more computational explanation can be found in the expectation-based reasoning literature. The theory suggests that people are always generating expectations of what they expect to sense (see/hear/smell/feel etc) in the near future. These expectations are matched against observations. If expectations and observations match, then all is good. When they ...
Alcohol consumption causes deficits in motor coordination by affecting the cerebellum, which is the main area involved in regulating finer adjustments in movement and motor learning. From Belmeguenai et. al (2008): It has previously been shown that ethanol modulates inhibitory transmission in the cerebellum and affects synaptic transmission and ...
This phenomenon is called highway hypnosis (also called driving without attention mode or white line fever) and is an example of procedural memory (or automaticity). Procedural memory is the ability to perform certain tasks without conscious awareness.
There is nothing surprising or unusual in this. It is a straightforward application of skilled learning (the driving or whatever), habit formation (route following), and having your conscious attention on something else. Back in the 1990s, when I was doing landscaping, I used to make good use of this effect by consciously reviewing things I had recently ...
There is a scientific literature on typing. It's been a while since I've read the articles. You might start by reading this excellent review of research and findings on transcription typing. Salthouse, 1986: Perceptual, cognitive, and motoric aspects of transcription typing. PDF General model of typing Salthouse (1986) presents a model of the typing ...
One hypothesis about the molecular basis of memory is CaMKII Nature Reviews Neuroscience 13, 169-182 (March 2012) | doi:10.1038/nrn3192 Mechanisms of CaMKII action in long-term potentiation http://www.silvalab.com/LMcourse/Lisman2012.pdf
The act of perceiving quantity without actually counting is known as subitizing, and it's something we can all do up to quantities of about 4 (i.e. you can tell how many fingers someone is holding up without counting them, right?). This open access article seems to review the idea quite nicely (although I've only skimmed it), including reference to so ...
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