Performance on a simple reaction time task as a function of individually selected feedback

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Shirley M. Liddle (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gail Hennis

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a significant difference in performance of a simple reaction time task when executed by subjects who voluntarily selected their preferred sensory modality as a channel to receive augmented feedback and subjects who were assigned a sensory modality through which to receive feedback. The subjects were 45 volunteer women physical education majors enrolled in The University of North Carolina at Greensboro during the 1973 spring semester. The subjects were divided into three groups of 15 subjects each. Group I elected to receive auditory feedback. Group II elected visual feedback. Group III, the control group, was assigned either auditory or visual feedback. Each group received 10 practice trials followed by 50 test trials. The scores used in the analysis were the mean of the first five test trials, trials 1-5, compared with the mean of the last five test trials, trials 46-50. A one-way analysis of variance indicated that there were no significant differences among the scores of the three groups. On the basis of the analysis, it was concluded that subjects who selected an augmented feedback channel did not perform significantly different from those subjects to whom a modality was assigned. Within the limits of the study, it was concluded that subjects perform equally well on a simple reaction time task regardless of the modality through which feedback is received.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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