Bachelor thesis

Cognitive Psychology

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Does exercise lead to integration of two tasks?

Supervisor: prof.dr. Willem Verwey

A series of studies with the Discrete Sequence Production (DSP) tasks showed that people learn and automate a movement sequence by developing motor representations called motor chunks (for an overview, see Abrahamse et al., 2013). It is not clear to what extent some task can be integrated with a practiced keying task. To determine this, an experiment will be performed in which participants, while learning a keying sequence, will also hear a high or low tone at a fixed location. They are instructed to count the number of low tones. The question is whether performance of the keying sequence will deteriorate if the tones are presented at another time during sequence execution.

  • 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.