STIMULUS PRE-DIFFERENTIATION AS A FACTOR IN TRANSFER OF TRAINING.
CONNECTICUT COLL NEW LONDON
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The experiment investigated the transfer to a discriminative motor task from various amounts of training involving stimulus pre-differentiation. Such training established separate responses to the stimuli of the motor task, thereby aiding in differentiating among the stimuli but the responses were unrelated to those of the final task, so training did not serve in any way to establish the motor responses required. In the present case, the subjects practiced associating four letters with four light stimuli which later signalled manual responses to four switches in the motor task. Four matched groups of 32 subjects were given 0, 8, 16 and 32 trials of this training prior to 60 trials of practice on the motor task. Performance on the motor task was measured in terms of the time required for each correct response, and in terms of number of errors. Transfer effects were shown by comparison of the performance of the 0-trial group control with that of the groups receiving training in stimulus pre-differentiation. Author
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