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Is learning movement sequences influenced by eye fixation location?

Giusti, F.S.G. (2021) Is learning movement sequences influenced by eye fixation location?

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Abstract:In order to better understand if changing gaze location has an influence on motor sequence learning, 24 participants were tested doing a discrete sequence production (DSP) task. The aim of the study was to find out if participants develop a retinotopic sequence representation during the execution of the DSP task. High and Low practice groups practiced the two sequences while gazing at an X located at either the left or the right side of the screen. During the test phase, the participants changed fixation location and sequences in order to test whether the reaction time changed in the execution of the task. The experimental results showed that only participants who had extended practice and were performing familiar sequences had an increased reaction time when changing the gaze to an unfamiliar location. This effect is explained by the development of retinotopic sequence representation. The retinotopic sequence representation was developed only for the participants that had an extended practice and that therefore, already developed a sequence representation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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