Accession Number : AD0638015

Title :   PURSUIT ROTOR PERFORMANCE: I. EFFECTS OF REINFORCING THE LONGER INTERVALS OF CONTINUOUS TRACKING WITHIN EACH TRIAL.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.

Corporate Author : HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : SHELDON,Richard W. ; Bjorklund,John F.

Report Date : JUN 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : To determine whether selective reinforcement of pursuit rotor performance facilitates acquisition of skill and promotes its retention, five groups of subjects were individually trained for ten sessions of 15 trials each. Selective reinforcement of longer than average target contacts was introduced for one group of subjects during Sessions 6 and 7 and for another during Sessions 4 to 7. Continuous reinforcement of target contacts was introduced for two other groups. A control group received no reinforcement. Dependable improvements in time-on-target scores were obtained for all four sessions, but the superior performances were not maintained when reinforcement was withdrawn. The results suggest that this improvement as a function of feedback was attributable to motivational rather than learning or informational effects. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *MOTIVATION), MOTOR REACTIONS, LEARNING, RETENTION(PSYCHOLOGY), BEHAVIOR

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE