Context dependent learning in the serial RT task


Abrahamse, Elger L. and Verwey, Willem B. (2007) Context dependent learning in the serial RT task. Psychological research, 72 (4). pp. 397-404. ISSN 0340-0727

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Abstract:This study investigated the development of contextual dependencies for sequential perceptual-motor learning on static features in the learning environment. In three experiments we assessed the eVect of manipulating task irrelevant static context features in a serial reaction-time task. Experiment 1 demonstrated impaired performance after simultaneously changing display color, placeholder shape, and placeholder location. Experiment 2 showed that this eVect was mainly caused by changing placeholder shape. Finally, Experiment 3 indicated that changing context aVected both the application of sequence knowledge and the selection of individual responses. It is proposed either that incidental stimulus features are integrated with a global sequence representation, or that the changed context causes participants to strategically inhibit sequence skills.
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