Adaptive Training of Perceptual Motor Skills: Issues, Results and Future Directions.
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN SAVOY AVIATION RESEARCH LAB
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Adaptive training research is described and evaluated. A critical examination of various experiments reveals that there is less support for the application of adaptive manipulations to applied motor skill training than is generally believed. Some apparently favorable experiments have methodological and interpretive flaws that seriously weaken their conclusions. Other experiments that provide tenable support have characteristics that are unique in adaptive training research so that the generality of their data is in doubt. The limitations of the data prevent firm conclusions being drawn about the efficiency of adaptive training. A detailed analysis of motor skill theory and research indicates that some adaptive manipulations could be effective. Methodological and conceptual issues that are critical to successfully testing those manipulations are clarified in a discussion of the adaptive training concept. Several empirical tests needed to enable a more effective analysis of adaptive training are discussed.
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