Effector-independent and effector-dependent learning in the discrete sequence production task.

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Verwey, Willem B. and Wright, David L. (2004) Effector-independent and effector-dependent learning in the discrete sequence production task. Psychological Research, 68 (1). pp. 64-70. ISSN 0340-0727

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Abstract:This study examined whether skill in the discrete sequence production task involves, apart from the typical effector-independent component, an effector-dependent component. To that end, 12 participants practiced two 5-key sequences, each for 1,060 trials. One group practiced with three fingers of one hand, the other group with three fingers of two hands. In a subsequent test phase, participants in both groups executed the same sequences and two new sequences with the hand configuration they had used during practice, and with the hand configuration of the other group. The results provide support for an effector-dependent component in that both groups performed the practiced sequences faster with the hand configuration they had used during practice than with the hand configuration that was new to them. In addition, the unpracticed hand configuration performed the practiced sequences faster than the new sequence, which demonstrated the effector-independent component.
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Copyright:© Springer-Verlag 2003
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/48208
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00426-003-0144-7
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