The influence of variable and prolonged Response Time Interval on associative learning and motor chunking

Dronkers, Wouter Joost (2016) The influence of variable and prolonged Response Time Interval on associative learning and motor chunking.

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Abstract:Sequential motor skills involve rapid execution of movement sequences without external guidance. The execution of fast and smooth movement sequences relies on representations using motor chunks. The use of motor chunks help bypass limitations in information processing so that short movement series can be selected, prepared and executed as if they constitute a single response. The aim of this randomized study was to find out whether associations were formed between stimuli with a longer and variable Response Time Interval (RSI). This study was divided in a practice and a test phase. Participants were randomly assigned during the practice phase to a RSI-0 milliseconds group or a group where RSI was longer and variable from 500 up to 2000 milliseconds. During the test phase, response time was significantly faster in the RSI-0 group compared to the long-RSI group. One explanation for this longer response time in the long-RSI group could be that associations between stimuli were absent, so that motor chunks were not developed and used by participants during the task.
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/69956
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