Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

EDP Sciences - Web of Conferences

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

12990

Comments

This article was originally published as: Speelman, C. P., Forbes, J. D., & Giesen, K. (2011). Performing new tasks with old skills: Is prediction possible?. Paper presented at the International Conference of the European SKILLS Project, Montpellier, France. Original article available here

Abstract

This research evaluated the extent to which power functions can predict performance on a task when performance context has been altered. Since power functions reliably describe performance improvements during practice, an assumption implicit in some theories of skill acquisition and transfer is that transfer performance will continue to improve as an extrapolation of the practice power function. In the training phase of the current experiment, 120 participants practiced solving simple problems from the six times table. In the transfer phase, these same problems were presented again, intermixed with problems from one of six conditions differing in various respects to the target problems. With the exception of two of these six conditions, performance on the target problems was slower than was predicted by training phase power function extrapolations. These findings are discussed in relation to theories of skill acquisition and the role played by a task’s conceptual context in transfer performance.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1051/bioconf/20110100085