12_Serial+Learning

12_Serial+Learning - Serial Learning As mentioned above,...

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Serial Learning As mentioned above, one important function of an episode is to keep track of the order of a sequence of events that has just occurred. Furthermore, if the same order occurs repeatedly, it is useful to retain that episodic description over a long period of time. A very simple task, called a serial reaction time task (SRT) is used to study how order is learned and preserved. In the serial reaction time task (SRT), stimuli are successively presented on a computer screen while participants are required to respond as quickly as possible with assigned response keys. For example, a simple task would be to press the left key to a red light and the right key to a green light. Each response triggers the presentation of the next stimulus. Initially, there is no way to know which stimulus will appear next, but eventually the stimulus sequence repeats itself and reaction times decrease. After practice with a repeated sequence a novel sequence is presented. Reaction times increase with this shift, indicating that the repeated sequence had been learned (procedurally), thereby speeding responses for that sequence. However, explicit memory measures
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