Training Motor Sequences: Effects of Speed and Accuracy Instructions

Jonathan S. Barnhoorn, Stefan Panzer, Ben Godde, Willem B. Verwey* (Corresponding Author)

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    Participants practiced a fixed 3- and a fixed 6-key press sequence for 144 times each. In the speed group, they were instructed to execute their sequences fast without bothering much about errors while the accurate group was instructed to be careful and prevent errors. In the test phase, participants executed series of 3 and 6 responses (a) when all element-specific stimuli were displayed in the familiar order, (b) in response to just the familiar first stimulus, and (c) by responding to random stimuli. The speed instruction yielded stronger sequencing skill while the accuracy instruction developed stronger reaction skill.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of motor behavior
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 5 Nov 2018


    • UT-Hybrid-D
    • motor skill
    • training
    • training instruction
    • discrete sequence production task


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