Retroactive interference and mental practice effects on motor performance : a pilot study

Kremer, Peter, Spittle, Michael and Malseed, Sarah 2011, Retroactive interference and mental practice effects on motor performance : a pilot study, Perceptual and motor skills, vol. 113, no. 3, pp. 805-814.


Title Retroactive interference and mental practice effects on motor performance : a pilot study
Author(s) Kremer, Peter
Spittle, Michael
Malseed, Sarah
Journal name Perceptual and motor skills
Volume number 113
Issue number 3
Start page 805
End page 814
Total pages 10
Publisher Ammons Scientific
Place of publication Missoula, Mont.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 0031-5125
Keyword(s) adolescent
adult
athletic performance
Summary This study examined the effect of similar versus dissimilar retroactive interference on the mental practice effects for performing a novel motor skill. Research has shown that mental practice of a motor task can interfere with learning and performance of the task; however, little is known about how different retroactive interference activities affect mental practice effects. 90 volunteers ages 18 to 51 years (M=26.8, SD=9.6) completed a pre-test and post-test of 10 sets of five trials of a throwing task with the non-preferred hand. In the practice phase, participants mentally practiced the throwing task and then mentally practiced a task that was similar, dissimilar, or completed an unrelated reading task. Performance for all groups improved from pre- to post-test; however, there were no differences in increases for the three groups. The findings suggest that mental practice of similar and dissimilar tasks produced no significant interference in performance.
Language eng
Field of Research 110603 Motor Control
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Perceptual and Motor Skills
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30044942

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