Accession Number:

AD0283976

Title:

STUDIES IN RESEARCH METHODOLOGY. III. PERSISTENCE OF SEQUENTIAL EFFECTS DESPITE EXTENDED PRACTICE

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AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

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Report Date:

1962-06-01

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1.0

Abstract:

Certain experimental designs are ba ed upon the assumption that performance level becomes stabilized after a prolonged period of practic . This a sumption was tested by taking a long series of repeated measurements upon a single subject for the performance of each of several constant tasks, each task being tested singly in a separate series of measurements. Results showed that after thousands of practice trials on a simple task a subject ay still be learning or showing other sequential effects in performance. The e effects may disappear on one day only to reappear on the next. Therefore it i extremely doubtful that practice to an asymptote should be regarded as either an efficient or an effective method of eliminating sequential effects from an experiment proper. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE