Cognitive Psychology

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The role of visual stimuli when executing familiar keying sequences

Supervisor:  prof. dr. Willem Verwey

Research with the discrete sequence production (DSP) task has demonstrated that practicing sequences of a limited number of key presses in a fixed order induces an automatic serial movement skill because memory representations develop that can be executed as a whole. These representations are called motor chunks. It is unclear though whether, when executing a motor chunk, visual stimuli are still being used. In the proposed bachelor thesis project, this hypothesis will be tested in a laboratory experiment.

Abrahamse, E. L., Ruitenberg, M. F. L., De Kleine, E., & Verwey, W. B. (2013). Control of automated behaviour: Insights from the Discrete Sequence Production task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(82), 1-16.