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The effects of incidental background colour cueing on motor skill acquisition and transfer of training in a VR version of the Tower of London spatial problem solving Task

Wanrooij, C. (2005) The effects of incidental background colour cueing on motor skill acquisition and transfer of training in a VR version of the Tower of London spatial problem solving Task.

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Abstract:The aim of this study was to investigate whether motor skills acquired during training on a virtual Tower of London task, are in fact dependent on contextual factors of the learning interface. More specifically, whether background colour serves as a relevant incidental cue to encoding the skills involved in moving virtual rings through operating a mouse. The rationale behind it is that the more automated, the more context dependent a skill becomes. This holds that with practice, skill is increasingly more dependent on incidental cues, which (thus) allows for a reduction of cognitive load invested in the task. The main hypothesis stated that after sufficient training, and due to developing contextual dependencies, skilled participants would demonstrate a sudden decline in performance when transferring their skills to a Tower of London task where some context variable (i.e. background colour) differed from the learning environment. Results reflected the expected trend but did not reach statistical significance, though decisive conclusions can certainly not be drawn just yet. A critical review of the used software brought to light some flaws that might very well have influenced the experimental outcome. Some thoughts on why this version of Tower of London might not be a good tool for measuring the intended effect in this experimental setup are discussed
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/58962
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