Chunk formation in sequence learning

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The debate on how people learn a sequence of stimuli in the serial reaction time (SRT) task is ongoing. Continuous, statistical processes as well as discrete chunking methods of learning have been proposed to account for implicit sequence learning. While evidence for chunk formation is available in other sequential learning paradigms, learning of discrete fragments has been difficult to demonstrate in the SRT task. The studies that have found experimental support for discrete learning in a continuous SRT task have been met with criticism. In an attempt to find evidence for chunk learning in this paradigm, we studied the impact of visual cueing of sequence fragments. To achieve uniform chunk formation across participants, we used the color of the target stimuli as a grouping cue. Previous research has shown that such cueing of sequence fragments during training can lead to discrete chunk learning, but that these effects did not extend to a non-cued transfer task. By increasing the similarity between the training and transfer tasks however, we expected to find evidence of lasting chunk formation. Results will be presented and discussed at the conference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 BAPS-SEPEX meeting
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventUnknown -
Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …


Period1/01/12 → …


  • Sequence Learning
  • Chunking
  • Implicit learning


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