Context dependent learning in the serial RT task.

E.L. Abrahamse, Willem B. Verwey

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This study investigated the development of contextual dependencies for sequential perceptual-motor learning on static features in the learning environment. In three experiments we assessed the eVect of manipulating task irrelevant static context features in a serial reaction-time task. Experiment 1 demonstrated impaired performance after simultaneously changing display color, placeholder shape, and placeholder location. Experiment 2 showed that this eVect was mainly caused by changing placeholder shape. Finally, Experiment 3 indicated that changing context aVected both the application of sequence knowledge and the selection of individual responses. It is proposed either that incidental stimulus features are integrated with a global sequence representation, or that the changed context causes participants to strategically inhibit sequence skills.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)397-404
JournalPsychological research = Psychologische Forschung
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • IR-58723
  • METIS-252195

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