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ERIC Number: EJ784784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0096-3445
Positive Transfer and Negative Transfer/Antilearning of Problem-Solving Skills
Osman, Magda
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, v137 n1 p97-115 Feb 2008
In problem-solving research, insights into the relationship between monitoring and control in the transfer of complex skills remain impoverished. To address this, in 4 experiments, the authors had participants solve 2 complex control tasks that were identical in structure but that varied in presentation format. Participants learned to solve the 2nd task on the basis of their original learning phase from the 1st task or learned to solve the 2nd task on the basis of another participant's learning phase. Experiment 1 showed that, under conditions in which the participant's learning phase was experienced twice, performance deteriorated in the 2nd task. In contrast, when the learning phases in the 1st and 2nd tasks differed, performance improved in the 2nd task. Experiment 2 introduced instructional manipulations that induced the same response patterns as those in Experiment 1. In Experiment 3, further manipulations were introduced that biased the way participants evaluated the learning phase in the 2nd task. In Experiment 4, judgments of self-efficacy were shown to track control performance. The implications of these findings for theories of complex skill acquisition are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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