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Context dependent learning in motor skill acquisition during the discrete sequential production task

Rausch, Annika (2011) Context dependent learning in motor skill acquisition during the discrete sequential production task.

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Abstract:The present study examined the effect of practice on performance of contextual bound key sequences during the discrete sequential production task. Particularly, the question whether extensive practice leads to less context dependence during task execution was addressed. Previous studies tested performance impairments on contextual stimuli that were presented on another feature dimension than the relevant sequence was shown, whereas the present study uses contextual stimuli within the feature dimension of the relevant task sequence. The manipulating effect of two different contextual feature conditions, that are both integrated into the relevant task dimension by providing a second irrelevant sequence, was tested in two practice groups. Within the long practice group (executed 6 practice blocks), no significant effect occurred with regard to both contextual features, whereas the production seemed to be impaired when a changed sequence order served as contextual feature after short practice (2 blocks) within the short practice group. The second contextual feature contented the absence of the contextual sequence, which was not found to affect response times.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60937
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