Modularity of Sequence Learning Systems in Humans,
OREGON UNIV EUGENE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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In this chapter we examine other components that contribute to skill, concentrating on psychophysical studies of sequence learning. We provide evidence that sequence representation is modular in the sense that it is separable from the motor systems that actually implement movement. Thus, sequencing resembles timing in that an abstract relationship is transferrable among different inputoutput systems. Secondly, we provide evidence for different sequential learning systems that are in certain respects independent of one another. We review some network models of sequence learning that are beginning to provide insight into possible computational mechanisms of learning. In addition, we discuss ways in which the psychophysical studies could be applied to an analysis of neural mechanisms involved in sequencing.