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The effect of verbal learning on the segmentation of keying sequences

Winkel, M. te (2016) The effect of verbal learning on the segmentation of keying sequences.

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Abstract:The aim of the study was to determine whether verbal learning determines later motor chunks. Twenty-four participants were divided into two groups wherein the verbally learned letter series differed. Both groups executed a discrete sequence production (DSP) task with two phases. The practice phase included six identical blocks with two letter sequences, and the test phase contained three different test conditions: familiar letter sequences, a reversed combination of familiar verbally learned letter segments, and letter sequences with new segments. The analysis of the practice phase revealed a concatenation point on the fourth key for both groups, meaning that the participants of both groups used the same segmentation of the letter sequences. This concatenation point almost completely disappeared over the course of the other blocks in the practice phase, which indicates the acquisition of a motor chunk for the entire letter sequences. The analysis of the test phase revealed that the performance of both groups in the test conditions was largely the same, which means that there was no effect of the existing verbal chunks on the acquired motor chunks.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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