Just thought I’d share what I’m up to with my project so far. I’m looking at motor learning by observation as a follow up to the study done by Dr. Gribble and A. Mattar (2005). More specifically, I will be examining the effects of rotating the orientation of the video the subjects watch.
Based on what I could find in the literature no one has really looked at this aspect of motor learning by observation. I predict that the subjects watching the videos with different orientations will find it harder to acheive motor learning. Probably because they will have to pay closer attention to the exact orientation the “agent” is in, and this may prove too difficult a task for learning to occur. Alternatively, there could be no effect, this would be remarkable in that our motor learning abilities would thus be much more sophisticated than we thought.
Anyways, I’m looking forward to getting started in the lab and finding out first hand how research is actually conducted in this field.