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ERIC Number: EJ885918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Shared Learning Shapes Human Performance: Transfer Effects in Task Sharing
Milanese, Nadia; Iani, Cristina; Rubichi, Sandro
Cognition, v116 n1 p15-22 Jul 2010
We investigated whether performing a task with a co-actor shapes the way a subsequent task is performed. In four experiments participants were administered a Simon task after practicing a spatial compatibility task with an incompatible S-R mapping. In Experiment 1 they performed both tasks alongside another person; in Experiment 2 they performed the spatial compatibility task alone, responding to only one stimulus position, and the Simon task with another person; in Experiment 3, they performed the spatial compatibility task with another person and the Simon task alone; finally, in Experiment 4, they performed the spatial compatibility task alone and the Simon task with another person. The incompatible practice eliminated the Simon effect in Experiments 1 and 4. These results indicate that when a task is distributed between two participants with each one performing a different part of it, they tend to represent the whole task rather than their own part of it. This experience can influence the way a subsequent task is performed, as long as this latter occurs in a social context. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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