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Adaptation to sensory-motor temporal misalignment: Instrumental or perceptual learning?

Kennedy, Jon S., Buehner, Marc J. and Rushton, Simon K. 2009. Adaptation to sensory-motor temporal misalignment: Instrumental or perceptual learning? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 62 (3) , pp. 453-469. 10.1080/17470210801985235

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Abstract

Sensory-motor delays vary over the course of development and under different environmental conditions. Previous research has shown that humans can compensate for the resulting temporal misalignment while performing sensory-motor tasks (e.g., Cunningham, Billock, & Tsou, 2001a), but remains silent on the question of whether perceptual learning—similar to that involved in adaptation to spatial misalignment (e.g., Redding & Wallace, 1993) and in adaptation to purely intersensory misalignment (e.g., Fujisaki, Shimojo, Kashino, & Nishida, 2004)—is also involved in this adaptive response. Following an attempted replication of Cunningham et al.'s (2001a) study in a preliminary experiment, we present in this paper two experiments that demonstrate that after-effects of adaptation to temporal misalignment do not spontaneously decay. The literature on adaptation to spatial misalignment suggests that, while instrumental learning spontaneously decays in the absence of reinforcement, perceptual learning persists. Therefore our results are consistent with adaptation being effected through perceptual learning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Temporal adaptation, Sensory-motor co-ordination, Decay of after-effects, Perceptual learning, World learning
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1747-0218
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/7176

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