ERIC Number: EJ781519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
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Configural Response Learning: The Acquisition of a Nonpredictive Motor Skill
Hazeltine, Eliot; Aparicio, Paul; Weinstein, Andrea; Ivry, Richard B.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v33 n6 p1451-1467 Dec 2007
This study examined the representational nature of configural response learning using a task that required simultaneous keypresses with 2 or 3 fingers, similar to the production of chords on the piano. If the benefits of learning are related to the retrieval of individual stimulus-response mappings, performance should depend on the frequencies of the individual responses forming each chord. Alternatively, learning may involve the encoding of configural information concerning the relationship between the chord elements. In Experiment 1, training was restricted to a subset of the 120 possible 3-element chords. Probe blocks included the practiced chords, chords composed of novel configurations of practiced elements (reconfigured), and chords that contained a new element (new). Practiced chords were performed faster than reconfigured chords, indicating learning involves the encoding of configural information. Experiment 2 showed that learning was not restricted to configurations within each hand. Experiments 3 and 4 demonstrated that learning was largely response based.
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