Accession Number : AD0643656

Title :   FURTHER ATTEMPTS TO DEMONSTRATE INTERFERENCE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF ROTARY PURSUIT TASKS.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : IOWA STATE UNIV IOWA CITY

Personal Author(s) : Hedlund,James L. ; Lewis,Don

Report Date : 27 JUN 1950

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : A brief account is given of several investigations involving rotary pursuit tasks, which attempted to obtain evidence of the functioning of interference (negative transfer). Two new rotary pursuit devices--the Double-Disk Pursuit Apparatus with Auxiliary Wobble-Stick and the Epicyclic Pursuit Rotor--are introduced, and several unsuccessful attempts to detect interference effects with them are described. Because interference has not been reliably demonstrated with rotary pursuit devices, the question was raised as to why rotary pursuit learning is relatively impervious to interference effects while other forms of motor learning are not. An 'explanation' of the apparent absence of interference and of the presence of positive transfer in pursuit activity is given in a restatement of the Wylie hypothesis. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MOTOR REACTIONS, *TRANSFER OF TRAINING), (*LEARNING, MOTOR REACTIONS), (*PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), INTERFERENCE), TARGETS, ROTATION, PURSUIT COURSES, TRAINING, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, TRAINING DEVICES

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE