How A-Priori Biases Affect Sequence Learning in a Serial Reaction Time Task

Amir Tal, E Vakil

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The ability to chain together sequences of information and
action is pivotal to everyday acquisition of skills. Despite
extensive research of sequence learning, little focus has been
given to individual performance in standard tasks measuring
this capability. As a result, little is known regarding what
knowledge participants gain during such tasks. In the current
work, an individual- and item-based analysis is performed of
eye movements that occur during a spatial sequence learning
task and reflect anticipation of upcoming target locations. We
show that the knowledge participants acquire during the task
is tightly linked to a-priori response biases they bring into the
experiment. Results suggest that a-priori biases may be a
sizeable influence on performance in learning experiments,
that tends to be overlooked. Implications for designing and
reading studies of sequence learning are discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-108
Number of pages7
JournalCognitive Science
StatePublished - 2020

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