The effect of intermanual transfer of an occupationally embedded task on skill generalization

Ganesh Kumar , BS and D'souza, Sebestina A (2006) The effect of intermanual transfer of an occupationally embedded task on skill generalization. The Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 38 (1). pp. 3-8.

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OBJECTIVE: In this study, intermanual transfer effects of an occupationally embedded task (chopsticks activity), its underlying skill (dexterity) and the ability to generalize the skill to near (spoon activity) and far (lock activity) transfer tasks were examined. METHOD: 50 right-handed college students (mean age = 20.58; SD = 2.41) who volunteered were trained in chopsticks activity (right hand). Before training they underwent pretest on spoon and lock activities (left hand) and left hand subtest of Purdue pegboard (dexterity). 24 hours after training, posttest was conducted on all the three pretest activities (left hand) and chopsticks activity (both right & left hands). Dependent variables measured were performance time, number of errors and number of pegs placed. RESULTS: Analysis revealed no significant difference in error (p>0.05), but significant difference in time (p<0.001) for chopsticks activity. Comparison of pre & post test data showed significant change in both error (p<0.001) and time (p<0.001) for spoon activity and in time (p<0.001) for lock activity and in performance of Purdue pegboard (p<0.001). CONCLUSION: The study indicates that in a population without impairments, intermanual transfer of an occupationally embedded task and its underlying skill occurs with asymmetry and the skill is generalized to near and far transfer tasks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Occupationally embedded task, Motor learning, Intermanual transfer or cross transfer, Near-transfer task, Far-transfer task, Dexterity, Generalization.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Occupational Therapy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 09:58
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2011 09:58

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