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The role of stimulus location when executing highly practiced movement sequences

Oude, S. de (2018) The role of stimulus location when executing highly practiced movement sequences.

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Abstract:This study was conducted to analyse the effects of the location and identity of a stimulus when executing a discrete sequence production task. During the experiment, 24 participants practiced two sequences of seven keys which corresponded to four letters on the keyboard. The stimuli given to the participant were either in one placeholder or four placeholders. To analyse the effect of the location of the stimuli, the letters either corresponded with its relative location on the keyboard or did not correspond with that location. To analyse the effect of the identity of the letter itself, the stimuli were manipulated by presenting corresponding letters, non-corresponding letters or neutral stimuli (X’s). Results indicated that the reaction times decreased when the location of the stimuli corresponded with the relative location on the keyboard. The reaction times were also shorter when the letter corresponded with the letter on the keyboard although this effect was not significant. This study concludes that the Stimulus-Response channel is still being used in sequence execution and depends mostly on the location feature of the stimulus which triggered the response.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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