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Title: The effect of imagery ability on imitation of a closed-motor task
Author: Abdulgabbar, Adel S.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3390 0281
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1990
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This thesis sets out to explore the process of motor skill acquisition and presents a thorough investigation of the role played by imagery ability in the recall and reproduction of a motor task. The importance of cognitive processes, such as imaging, in motor learning is becoming increasingly obvious and needs to be understood. Having described the three phases involved in motor learning - cognitive, associative and autonomous - and discussed certain relevant learning theories- the closed-loop theory and the schema theory- the thesis moves on to examine traditional Instructional methods and the contrast between observational learning and verbal instruction techniques, analysing in detail the concept of mental imagery in context of the recall of motor task. The latter half of the thesis presents a series of experiments designed to quantify the role of Imagery ability in reproduction of an origami (paper-folding) task using the different instructional methods and a variety of modelled demonstrations and comparing accuracy and performance time. The thesis concludes that observers who transform modelled actions into either symbolic or visual images achieve a higher level of learning and a higher standard of reproduction than non-imagers, and looks forward to an expansion of research into imaging in a variety of contexts. The results of this study have implications for those working in selecting new trainees for most industrial firms, and their concern with the assessment of selecting individuals on their learning ability and the factors contributing to this as well as the possible instructional methods to be carefully considered with respect to the cost/benefit of such an exercise.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology