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Motor skill transfer in older adults

Onderdijk, G.H. (2016) Motor skill transfer in older adults.

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Abstract:The present study examines the ability of older adults to transfer the knowledge of a learned motor sequence from one motor task to a different motor task. Transfer can be used to test which representations a person uses while doing a motor task. When a person uses a visuospatial representation instead of a motor representation, that person will have more transfer from one motor task to a different motor task. In this study the older adults (65-74) and younger adults (19-30) practiced with the Discrete Sequence Production (DSP) or Flexion-Extension (FE) task to learn two motor sequences in the practice phase. After the practice phase with one of the tasks, the participants were tested with the other task to see whether there was transfer from one motor task to another. The results showed that older adults did have transfer from one motor task to another, but that the amount of transfer is not as much as seen with the younger adults. Furthermore the results demonstrate that participants show more transfer from the FE task in the practice phase to the DSP task in the test phase than vice versa.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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