Task-relevant chunking in sequence learning

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

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Abstract

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
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Automaticity
  • Chunking
  • Sequence learning
  • Unitization of responses

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