Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

PubMed

Volume

44

Issue

5

Publisher

NCBI

Publication Date

11-1-2012

First Page

313

Last Page

327

DOI

10.1080/00222895.2012.708367

Abstract

Theories of motor learning predict that training a movement reduces the amount of attention needed for its performance (i.e. more automatic). If training one movement transfers, then the amount of attention needed for performing a second movement should also be reduced, as measured under dual task conditions. The purpose of this study was to test whether dual task paradigms are feasible for detecting transfer of training between two naturalistic movements. Immediately following motor training, subjects improved performance of a second untrained movement under both single and dual task conditions. Subjects with no training did not. Improved performance in the untrained movement was likely due to transfer, and suggests that dual tasks may be feasible for detecting transfer between naturalistic actions.

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