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Learning complex motor procedures like minimally invasive surgery

Verhardt, H.A. (2016) Learning complex motor procedures like minimally invasive surgery.

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Abstract:Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) plays a vital role in the medical world and is experiencing increasing patient demand. MIS requires a different set of skills than open surgery. We begin with the conception that single cognitive abilities individually cannot predict predisposition in acquiring MIS skills. We assess whether learning and performance can be predicted between tasks similar to MIS. In this study 4 tasks (buzz wire, drawing through a mirror, origami and a surgical knot) were performed by 40 participants over 20 trials. Individual learning curves for the 4 tasks investigating the learning rate, previous training and the estimated maximum performance resulted into finding only 1 good correlation on the estimated maximum performance between drawing and origami of r = .852 with a CI of [0.44, 0.94]. The conclusion can be drawn that viewing the learning of complex motor procedures holistically is not better for predicting predisposition. If the tasks were derived from the same cognitive component or talent, stronger correlations between the tasks would have been found. The theoretical implications are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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