Implicit task sequence learning

Meier, Beat (30 August 2013). Implicit task sequence learning (Unpublished). In: 18th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP 2013). Budapest, Hungary. 29.08.-01.09.2013.

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Implicit task sequence learning (TSL) can be considered as an extension of implicit sequence learning which is typically tested with the classical serial reaction time task (SRTT). By design, in the SRTT there is a correlation between the sequence of stimuli to which participants must attend and the sequence of motor movements/key presses with which participants must respond. The TSL paradigm allows to disentangle this correlation and to separately manipulate the presences/absence of a sequence of tasks, a sequence of responses, and even other streams of information such as stimulus locations or stimulus-response mappings. Here I review the state of TSL research which seems to point at the critical role of the presence of correlated streams of information in implicit sequence learning. On a more general level, I propose that beyond correlated streams of information, a simple statistical learning mechanism may also be involved in implicit sequence learning, and that the relative contribution of these two explanations differ according to task requirements. With this differentiation, conflicting results can be integrated into a coherent framework.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology

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Meier, Beat


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Anna Maria Ruprecht Künzli

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02 Sep 2014 10:52

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02 Sep 2014 10:52


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