Psychological Research published a study where the experimental group had visual experience directly manipulated during practice. The participants practiced throwing darts to 3 specific areas of a dartboard.
The results showed the following:
1. the experimental group trained without vision of their action, only feedback about the final landing position, significantly improved in their ability to predict the landing position of a thrown dart, from temporally occluded video clips.
2. the performance of this ‘no-vision’ group did not differ from a full-vision group
3. the 'no-vision' group was significantly more accurate than an observation-only and a no-practice control group
4. the observation-only and no-practice group did not show improvment pre- to post-practice
The researchers concluded this study suggests that motor experience specifically regulates the perceptual prediction of action outcomes.
Reference: Mulligan, D. & Hodges, N. Throwing in the dark: improved prediction of action outcomes following motor training without vision of the action. Psychological Research
September 2014, Volume 78, Issue 5, pp 692-704.
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