Increasing task difficulty during practice is not beneficial for motor skill retentionBootsma, M., Caljouw, S. & Hortobagyi, T., 2019, Studies in Perception and Action XV: Twentieth International Conference on Perception and Action. van Dijk, L. & Withagen, R. (eds.). Taylor & Francis Group, Vol. XV. 1 p.
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Healthy young participants (N=14) were trained to a similar skill level on a mirror star tracing task, after which they were randomly assigned to learn with either an easier (Easy group) or a more difficult (Hard group) task. The difficulty was defined by the width of the wall of the star and motor performance was measured in terms of speed and accuracy.
The results of this pilot study indicate that increasing the performance requirements during practice is not more beneficial for motor learning, since both groups improved to the same amount. This novel results are against our hypothesis, not in line with the challenge point framework, and are also in conflict with prior research emphasizing the benefit of enhanced task difficulty on motor learning. If confirmed, this preliminary results have important implications for learning a sports skill or re-learning a motor skill impaired by medical conditions such as stroke.
|Title of host publication||Studies in Perception and Action XV|
|Subtitle of host publication||Twentieth International Conference on Perception and Action|
|Editors||L. van Dijk, R. Withagen|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||International Conference on Perception and Action - UMCG, Groningen, Netherlands|
Duration: 3-Jul-2019 → 6-Jul-2019
|Conference||International Conference on Perception and Action|
|Period||03/07/2019 → 06/07/2019|
International Conference on Perception and Action
03/07/2019 → 06/07/2019Groningen, Netherlands