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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01987

On whether task experience of the peer differentially impacts feedback scheduling and skill acquisition of a learner

 Jae Patterson1*,  Steve Hansen2 and Matt McRae3
  • 1Kinesiology, Brock University, Canada
  • 2Nipissing University, Canada
  • 3Brock University, Canada

Previous research has showed that peers without task experience provided KR as effectively as performers who self-controlled their own KR schedule (McRae, Patterson, & Hansen, 2015). In the present experiment, a group of participants first practiced a motor task while self-controlling their KR during a defined acquisition period. Twenty-four hours after their last retention trial, these participants with motor experience then provided KR to a learner during their skill acquisition. Participants were required to learn a serial-timing task with a goal of 2500ms. Participants completed a defined acquisition period and then returned 24-hours later for a retention test. In retention, learners who received KR from experienced peers were predicted to outperform learners who received KR from inexperienced peers. The results showed that performers learned the task similarly, independent of the peer’s previous task experience. However, the peer groups differed in their frequency of providing KR to the learner and showed a discrepancy between their self-reported KR provision strategy and when they actually provided KR. The results have theoretical implications for understanding the impact of self-control in motor learning contexts.

Keywords: Self-controlled practice, motor leaning , Feedback, Practice, Cognition

Received: 18 Jan 2019; Accepted: 14 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Patterson, Hansen and McRae. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Jae Patterson, Brock University, Kinesiology, St. Catharines, L2S 3A1, Ontario, Canada, Jae.Patterson@Brocku.ca