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Investigating a motor skill: The case of chording

Bos, M.A. van den (2019) Investigating a motor skill: The case of chording.

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Abstract:The present study looks into the learning of chords with one or two hands, and the performance of new and practiced chords. Chords are multiple keypresses at the same time, producing one response. For this, 32 participants were recruited and practiced a set of chords with either four fingers of their right hand, or two fingers of both hands during the practice phase. After practicing for eight blocks, the participants performed practiced and new chords with the same and different hand configurations during the test phase. Results showed that chord learning is possible and that overall the group using two hands had a higher reaction time than the group using their right hand. Furthermore, the two groups did have a similar learning curve. Lastly, there is no transfer of the chords to the other hand configuration, which could mean that hand postures are learned instead of the positions of the keys.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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