Individualized Challenge Point Practice as a Method to Aid Motor Sequence Learning

MSL research field: 
Skill acquisition
TitleIndividualized Challenge Point Practice as a Method to Aid Motor Sequence Learning
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWadden, KP, Hodges, NJ, De Asis, KL, Neva, JL, Boyd, L
JournalJournal of Motor Behavior
Pagination1 - 19
Date Published11/2018
Keywordscontextual interference, Learning curve, Motor learning, serial task

We conducted two studies to investigate if and how: (1) the rate of skill acquisition was related to motor performance at retention of a serial RT task (Study 1); and (2) whether rate of skill acquisition and baseline performance could be used to design schedules of practice related to contextual interference (CI) to enhance motor learning (Study 2). In Study 1, a slower rate of skill acquisition of repeating sequences in practice was related to faster response times at retention. Based on performance in Study 1, three levels of individualized CI were created for Study 2. Compared to low and moderate levels of CI, the higher CI practice condition led to faster response times in retention. We conclude that an individualized ‘challenge point’, which generates high CI enhances motor learning by optimizing challenge.

Short TitleJournal of Motor Behavior
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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