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ERIC Number: ED363297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 12
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The Effects of Redundant Visual, Auditory, and Tactile Stimuli on a Minimum Information Tracking Task.
Miller, Steven C.
This study assessed whether redundant stimuli are beneficial in motor performance, and how redundant information is processed, using 11 male and 11 female undergraduate students. A minimum information tracking task was presented to subjects on a computer in seven conditions. Overall, evidence seems to point to enhanced performance when information is presented redundantly. Logic predicts that the same information presented through more than one modality should facilitate performance on a minimum information tracking task presented by computer. Auditory, visual, and tactile signals were delivered in trimodal, bimodal, or unitary conditions. It was predicted that the trimodal condition would produce the best performance, with the bimodal performance superior to that of one mode alone. These predictions were not supported. Statistically, there was no difference between the visual alone condition, the bimodal conditions with a visual element, and the trimodal condition. The poorest performance came from the tactile alone condition. Explanations for these results are considered, and it is suggested that the task may need to be more difficult to explore differences in responses adequately. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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