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Comparing backward chaining and mixed backward chaining in discrete motor learning

Brüggemann, T. (2022) Comparing backward chaining and mixed backward chaining in discrete motor learning.

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Abstract:Practice regimes in motor learning strongly influence efficiency and quality of both acquisition and retention. This paper argues that by comparing backward chaining with mixed backward chaining, specific distinctions between the regimes could be visualized. Based on the Cognitive framework for Sequential Motor Behaviour (C-SMB), it was argued that backward chaining would show faster reaction times (RT) during the first testing phase, while the mixed backward chaining condition was hypothesized to perform better in the second testing phase. The experiment was conducted letting the participants (N=24) complete the discrete sequence production (DSP) task in two equal-sized groups. Upon completion, results showed the hypothesis to not be confirmed completely and rather suggested the mixed backward chaining to generally be a more effective approach. One explanation could be the similarity of regimes in practice, which might inhibit to observe strong differences. Future research could be centered around more distinctive approaches.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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