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Gepubliceerd in: Psychological Research 1/2017

19-11-2015 | Original Article

Observation and physical practice: different practice contexts lead to similar outcomes for the acquisition of kinematic information

Auteurs: John J. Buchanan, Inchon Park

Gepubliceerd in: Psychological Research | Uitgave 1/2017

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Abstract

This study differentiated the contributions of physical and observational practice to the learning of a single-limb multi-joint coordination pattern. Three groups (physical-practice, observation-practice, observation-physical) practiced for 2 days and were given two performance tests 24 h after the second practice session. The performance tests revealed that physical and observational practice contributed similarly to identifying and using kinematic information related to the relative motion direction between joints (lead/lag relationship) and to the to-be-learned relative phase pattern (ϕ = 90°). Physical practice resulted in more stable coordination during performance tests and in the ability to produce different joint amplitudes with less variability. A serendipitous finding was that maximum elbow flexion (point of movement reversal) emerged as a kinematic event around which elbow and wrist coordination were organized. Movement reversals often serve to anchor the movement dynamics, and this anchoring effect was evident following both physical and observational practice, yet physical practice resulted in an advantage with regard to this anchor point on several kinematic measures. The results are discussed within the context of contemporary behavioral theories (coordination dynamics, visual perception perspective) of observational learning.

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The physical-practice participant that performed poorly during both performance tests showed a significant improvement in performance with practice. No explanation for poor performance during the performance tests is readily available. However, both the physical-practice participant and observer-practice participant that performed poorly based on the relative phase measures did perform very similar to the other participants in their groups based on joint amplitudes and harmonicity measures.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Observation and physical practice: different practice contexts lead to similar outcomes for the acquisition of kinematic information
Auteurs
John J. Buchanan
Inchon Park
Publicatiedatum
19-11-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Gepubliceerd in
Psychological Research / Uitgave 1/2017
Print ISSN: 0340-0727
Elektronisch ISSN: 1430-2772
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-015-0723-4