Date of Award

10-2013

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Heather McGee

Second Advisor

Dr. Alyce Dickinson

Third Advisor

Dr. Bradley Huitema

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This study was conducted in a laboratory, and compared the effects of the temporal placement of feedback on task performance and skill acquisition. Temporal placement offeedback refers to the timing offeedback delivery relative to performance. Two temporal placements were examined: feedback immediately after performance and feedback immediately prior toperformance. The experimental design utilized was a form of Latin square design that included a combination of one between-group and two within subjects factors. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups, which differed only in the phase order utilized. Participants performed a data entry task intended to replicate thejob of a medical data entry professional.

The primary dependent variable was the number of correctly completed patient record slides per experimental session. During feedback phases, participants were provided withindividual, graphic feedback. Participants in the baseline phase received no feedback.

The results of this study indicate no significant differences in performance associated with the experimental conditions, and no significant differences in the speed of skill acquisition associated with the experimental conditions.

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