Motor learning by attentive observation

Toshiyuki Kondo, Kazuto Nakamura, Takayuki Nozawa

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Abstract

We experimentally examined the effect of observation and motivation on human motor learning. In this study, an arm reaching movement under a viscous curl force field was adopted as learning task. The subjects in Observation group were asked to just look at an expert's movement before starting the learning session. In addition, the subjects in Motivation group were provided with the information that they have to tackle the same task after the observation. Experimental results demonstrated that the subjects with the observation outperformed the subjects without observation (i.e. control group). Moreover, the subjects with the motivated observation showed rapid performance improvement compared with those of not-motivated observation. These results suggest that attentive observation have a positive effect on the early stage of human motor learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Symposium on Measurement, Analysis and Modelling of Human Functions 2010, ISHF 2010
Pages52-57
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
Event4th International Symposium on Measurement, Analysis and Modelling of Human Functions 2010, ISHF 2010 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 2010 Jun 142010 Jun 16

Publication series

Name4th International Symposium on Measurement, Analysis and Modelling of Human Functions 2010, ISHF 2010

Other

Other4th International Symposium on Measurement, Analysis and Modelling of Human Functions 2010, ISHF 2010
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period10/6/1410/6/16

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Learning by observing
  • Viscous curl force field

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation

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