The​ ​Effects​ ​of​ ​Feedback​ ​Timing​ ​on​ ​Fine​ ​Motor​ ​Sequence​ ​Learning

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2017-11-29

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Feedback​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​essential​ ​parts​ ​in​ ​the​ ​learning​ ​process.​ ​The​ ​presence of​ ​feedback​ ​allows​ ​for​ ​faster​ ​and​ ​more​ ​efficient​ ​learning​ ​due​ ​to​ ​its​ ​informative​ ​and motivational​ ​functions. In​ ​the​ ​current​ ​paper​ ​I​ ​will​ ​discuss​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​how​ ​people​ ​acquire​ ​skills.​ ​I​ ​will compare​ ​the​ ​main​ ​factors​ ​that​ ​affect​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​discuss​ ​how​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the teaching​ ​process​ ​more​ ​effective,​ ​particularly​ ​through​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​feedback​.​ Based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​experiment​ ​by​ ​Maddox​ ​et​ ​al.​ ​in​ ​2003​ ​in​ ​category​ ​learning,​ ​where immediate​ ​feedback​ ​was​ ​found​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​greater​ ​increases​ ​in​ ​accuracy​ ​as​ ​compared​ ​to that​ ​which​ ​followed​ ​delayed​ ​feedback,​ ​I​ ​designed​ ​an​ ​experiment​ ​to​ ​examine​ ​the​ ​effects​ ​of feedback​ ​timing​ ​on​ ​motor​ ​sequence​ ​learning,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​typical​ ​to​ ​the​ ​types​ ​of​ ​skills learned​ ​in​ ​music​ ​and​ ​most​ ​like​ ​those​ ​performed​ ​on​ ​the​ ​piano.​ ​Results,​ ​although inconclusive,​ ​provide​ ​some​ ​support​ ​to​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​that​ ​immediate​ ​feedback​ ​allows​ ​for​ ​faster and​ ​more​ ​efficient​ ​learning​ ​than​ ​delayed​ ​feedback.


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Motor learning, feedback

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