Task-relevant chunking in sequence learning

Amotz Perlman, Emmanuel M. Pothos, Darren J. Edwards, Joseph Tzelgov

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In the present study, we investigated possible influences on the unitization of responses. In Experiments 1, 2, 3, and 6, we found that when the same small fragment (i.e., a few consecutive responses in a sequence) was presented as part of two larger sequences, participants responded to it faster when it was part of the sequence that was presented more often. This indicates that chunking can be driven by task-relevant considerations, as opposed to co-occurrence. The results are discussed in the context of chunking theories and the relevant motor learning literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-661
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2010


  • Automaticity
  • Chunking
  • Sequence learning
  • Unitization of responses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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