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The discrete sequence production task in the form of a step task : an application of individual exponential learning curves in motor sequence learning

Wiechmann, E. (2021) The discrete sequence production task in the form of a step task : an application of individual exponential learning curves in motor sequence learning.

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Abstract:Motor sequence learning (MSL) is well researched and has frequently been investigated using the Discrete Sequence Production (DSP) task during which participants reproduce sequences by pressing keys. Most research to date has focussed on small movements executed with fingers only, rendering the need to validate those findings with large spatial movements involving the whole body. In this study, the DSP task was transformed into a step-based version. First, the study aimed to extract information about the individual participants’ learning process using exponential learning curves. Second, the study aimed to compare the concatenation patterns from the Dance-Step DSP task with the usual Key-Press DSP (KP-DSP) task. Participants practised two sequences over eight training blocks on a commercially available dance mat. Learning was measured in terms of response time and accuracy. Learning was evident in all participants but participants displayed very different learning rates. Concatenation, as found with the KP-DSP task, could not be observed. Instead, there was an initial acceleration of movements followed by a slowing, possibly to avoid jerks and reduce torque. Future research could explore the use of an adaptive, individualised approach through the used of different sequence lengths to challenge learners in the most optimal way.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:10 humanities in general, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87430
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