Contextual interference: interactions with reflection-impulsivity

Otto Jelsma, Jeroen J.G. van Merriënboer

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    In the present study, interactions of contextual interference and the cognitive style reflection-impulsivity were examined for training and retention performance. 64 subjects were randomly assigned to either a random or blocked practice schedule in learning a cursor-movement task. Reflectivity indices were determined by means of ow computerized version of the Matching Familiar Figures Test. Analysis showed that the generally positive effect of practicing under a random practice schedule decreased for more reflective subjects. Further, training under a random practice schedule forced impulsive subjects to behave more like reflective ones, which improved their performance at retention. It was concluded that reflection-impulsivity is an important factor to be incorporated into the design of effective training programs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1055-1064
    JournalPerceptual and motor skills
    Issue number3, Suppl.
    Publication statusPublished - 1989


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