Motor Learning Performance Research Paper by Research Group

Motor Learning Performance
A literature review of reinforcement in motor learning performance.
# 26641 | 4,952 words | 23 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 12, 2003 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Theory) , Research Designs (General)

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This paper discusses how motor skills are smoothly timed muscular movements enabling procedures to be undertaken. There are four primary motor skill components?accuracy, speed, economy of effort and flexibility. Each of the four components of motor skill are essential to the automatization of a performance pattern. It examines through an extensive literature review how it has been found that motor skills can be learned or improved at any point during the life of an individual. The older a person is, however, the more difficult it is typically for a person to transfer motor skills into use. It looks at the views of different learning and behaviorist theories such as Pavlov and Skinner and proposes a study to evaluate the effect on motor learning performance of Alzheimer?s disease.

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"In acting on an organism from without, Skinner theorized that the reinforcement actions could be either positive or negative. Thus, depending upon the situation and upon the desired behavior, an appropriate stimulus might be either the introduction of a factor into an organism's environment"a positive reinforcement, or the withdrawal of a factor from an organism's environment"a negative reinforcement. Skinner (p. 143) also theorized that the tools of positive and negative reinforcement "satiation and deprivation" may increase the strength of many types of behaviors simultaneously. While feedback, referred to as knowledge of results in relation to motor movement skills development, is recognized as a critical factor in motor skills acquisition, the unrestricted application of such feedback is being questioned."

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