Wenderoth, Bock & Krohn (2002)

|Review| Learning a new bimanual coordination pattern is influenced by existing attractors.

In the last post, we looked at an investigation by Fontaine and authors into a prediction made by the Dynamic Pattern Approach (DPA) that learning a new coordinated rhythmic movement is harder near stronger attractors (Zanone & Kelso, 1994). They found quite the opposite: Learning was easier near the stronger attractor, not harder.

In an attempt to investigate this further Wenderoth and authors led out two questions:

  1. Does the distance between existing attractors and the to-be-learned pattern influence the learning process?
  2. Is a new phase relationship close to the 0° attractor learned in a different way than one close to the 180° attractor?

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Fontaine, Lee & Swinnen (1997): Experiment 2

|ReviewThe influence of the Acquisition of a New Coordination Pattern on the Intrinsic Patterns


If you’ve landed here before reading Experiment 1, I’d suggest you check it out so that the rest of this clobber makes sense.

In Experiment 1 Fontaine and authors were interested in testing the influence of intrinsic patterns on the acquisition of a new coordination pattern. That is, do 0° and 180° affect the learning of a new pattern? Is the “stronger” attractor (0°) a greater antagonist for the learning of a new pattern? In this case, Science said no. It turns out it was harder to learn a pattern closer to 180° than 0°.

In Experiment 2 the question is flipped. Wild, I know. Does learning a new pattern of movement affect the intrinsic patterns (0° and 180°)?

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Fontaine, Lee & Swinnen (1997): Experiment 1

|ReviewThe influence of Intrinsic Patterns on the Acquisition of a New Coordination Pattern


This post is the first in a series that will build up a picture of the coordinated rhythmic movement (CRM) literature.  Today we are looking at a paper by Fontaine, Lee, and Swinnen (1997).

You might think it’s a strange place to start. Why not start from an earlier point, with Kelso (1995) and his theoretical outline? Well, in one way, this paper was actually one of the first pieces of evidence that Kelso’s approach was incomplete, which led to the development of the perception-action work I will be focusing on.

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