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Bimanual skill acquisition : modulation by sex, aging, and auditory feedback

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dc.contributor.advisor Metz, Gerlinde A
dc.contributor.advisor Saucier, Deborah
dc.contributor.author Metzler, Megan J
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-30T18:01:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-30T18:01:01Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2591
dc.description xii, 159 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Bimanual movement is integral to daily function. As such, it is important to understand factors that influence bimanual performance. Playing the piano was employed to examine bimanual movement. Additionally, the weather prediction task was administered as a measure of non-declarative learning. Sex influenced motor performance. Males tended to perform asymmetrical movements with less skill than females. Age affected motor performance. Older adults were less proficient, but improved similarly with practice as young adults. Further, older adults exhibited differential deterioration of bimanual movement. Feedback and music training affected motor performance. Females performed bimanual movement less proficiently with auditory feedback. Individuals with music training performed bimanual movements relative to unimanual movements better with feedback. Music training moderated age-related differential deterioration of bimanual movements. Older adults performed significantly worse than young adults on the weather prediction task. In addition, the weather prediction task correlated with motor measures in a sample including older adults. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Neuroscience, c2010 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Motor ability -- Research en_US
dc.subject Perceptual-motor processes -- Research en_US
dc.subject Eye-hand coordination -- Research en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Bimanual skill acquisition : modulation by sex, aging, and auditory feedback en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Neuroscience en_US

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