Learning a coordination skill: Interactive effects of instruction and feedback

MSL research field: 
Skill acquisition
Motor control
TitleLearning a coordination skill: Interactive effects of instruction and feedback
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsHodges, NJ, Franks, IM
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Date Published06/2001

Information prior to and during the acquisition of a continuous bimanual task was manipulated. Participants practiced a difficult coordination pattern, which produced circular shapes on the computer, when they moved their arms correctly. Four groups were examined, which differed in the type and amount of information provided. Either limb or circle feedback was provided in the presence or absence of instructions detailing how to move the limbs. Circle feedback facilitated learning relative to the limb feedback in which the explicit displacements of the limbs was displayed. Under circle feedback conditions, instructions hindered acquisition. Little instructional effects were observed under limb feedback conditions, despite the prediction that instructions would benefit learning when the feedback was more compatible. Findings are discussed in relation to the complexity of the feedback and processing demands.

Refereed DesignationRefereed
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