Motor skill experience modulates executive control for task switching

Qiuhua YU, Che Hin Chetwyn CHAN, Bolton CHAU, Amy S.N. FU

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the effect of types of motor skills, including open and closed skills on enhancing proactive and reactive controls for task switching. Thirty-six athletes in open (n = 18) or closed (n = 18) sports and a control group (n = 18) completed the task-switching paradigm and the simple reaction task. The task-switching paradigm drew on the proactive and reactive control of executive functions, whereas the simple reaction task assessed the processing speed. Significant Validity × Group effect revealed that the participants with open skills had a lower switch cost of response time compared to the other two groups when the task cue was 100% valid; whereas the participants regardless of motor skills had a lower switch cost of response time compared to the control group when the task cue was 50% valid. Hierarchical stepwise regression analysis further confirmed these findings. For the simple reaction task, there were no differences found among the three groups. These findings suggest that experience in open skills has benefits of promoting both proactive and reactive controls for task switching, which corresponds to the activity context exposed by the participants. In contrast, experience in closed skills appears to only benefit development of reactive control for task switching. The neural mechanisms for the proactive and reactive controls of executive functions between experts with open and closed skills call for future study. Copyright © 2017 Published by Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-97
JournalActa Psychologica
Volume180
Early online dateSep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Citation

Yu, Q., Chan, C. C. H., Chau, B., & Fu, A. S. N. (2017). Motor skill experience modulates executive control for task switching. Acta Psychologica, 180, 88-97. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.08.013

Keywords

  • Proactive control
  • Reactive control
  • Executive control
  • Task switching
  • Open motor skills
  • Closed motor skills

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