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Can motor sequence learning be enhanced by monetary rewards?

Nijland, S. (2014) Can motor sequence learning be enhanced by monetary rewards?

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Abstract:Monetary rewards can be used as a reward to improve the performance of humans. Because the participant can earn a reward, (s)he will increase the amount of effort which can result in a better task performance. The present study explored whether monetary rewards can enhance one’s motor sequence learning. Participants performed two sequences in the Discrete Sequence Production task. One sequence was practiced more than the other sequence. The study had three conditions; a reward group, a no-reward group (control group) and a reward-plus-punishment group. There was one significant difference between the three groups. The no-reward group had a longer preparation and a faster execution compared to the reward-plus-punishment group in the less practiced sequence during the practice phase of the study. This suggests that these groups had a different response strategy. Overall, the present study did not find evidence that motor sequence learning can be enhanced by giving monetary rewards.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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