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Transfer of motor learning in a visuomotor tracking task for healthy old and young adults


Lutz, Kai; Martin, Mike; Jäncke, Lutz (2010). Transfer of motor learning in a visuomotor tracking task for healthy old and young adults. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 21(4):247-258.

Abstract

Using a continuous bimanual tracking task with three different movement speeds, we examined motor learning and transfer in older adults. Three groups of subjects within each age group learned only one particular trajectory during training of 40 trials, while the other two trajectories were not practiced during this period. Motor learning (measured as absolute and relative reduction in tracking error) was identified in all subjects. The most important finding was that motor learning was present even for the trajectories that were not practiced to almost the same degree as for practiced trajectories and motor skills for visuomotor tracking show the same amount of improvement and transfer in young and older adults.

Abstract

Using a continuous bimanual tracking task with three different movement speeds, we examined motor learning and transfer in older adults. Three groups of subjects within each age group learned only one particular trajectory during training of 40 trials, while the other two trajectories were not practiced during this period. Motor learning (measured as absolute and relative reduction in tracking error) was identified in all subjects. The most important finding was that motor learning was present even for the trajectories that were not practiced to almost the same degree as for practiced trajectories and motor skills for visuomotor tracking show the same amount of improvement and transfer in young and older adults.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:21 Dec 2010 15:45
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 04:48
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:1016-264X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/1016-264X/a000022

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