A STUDY OF TRANSFER IN A MOTOR TASK WITH VARYING DISPLAY-CONTROL RELATIONSHIPS,
CONNECTICUT COLL NEW LONDON
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A study was made of the amount of transfer of training resulting from practice on a motor skill involving the presentation of stimuli in one sector of an instrument face, to the same motor task practiced with the use of another sector. The task required the moving of a control handle to the right or left in response to a combination of stimuli which comprised 1 a red or green light located above the printed instructions, Train Toward and Train Away, respectively and 2 a light slit appearing to the left or to the right of a target ship silhouette on the midline of the sector in use. The positive transfer shown by the results under conditions of change in display-control relationships has some degree of importance for the practical problem of designing devices to be used as aids in the training of operators of sonar, radar, and a variety of other types of equipment involving the acquisition of perceptual-motor skills.
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