Purchase this article with an account.
Yongqian Song, Nihong Chen, Fang Fang; Effects of daily training amount on visual motion perceptual learning. Journal of Vision 2021;21(4):6. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.21.4.6.
Download citation file:
© ARVO (1962-2015); The Authors (2016-present)
Perceptual learning has been widely used to study the plasticity of the visual system in adults. Owing to the belief that practice makes perfect, perceptual learning protocols usually require subjects to practice a task thousands of times over days, even weeks. However, we know very little about the relationship between training amount and behavioral improvement. Here, four groups of subjects underwent motion direction discrimination training over 8 days with 40, 120, 360, or 1080 trials per day. Surprisingly, different daily training amounts induced similar improvement across the four groups, and the similarity lasted for at least 2 weeks. Moreover, the group with 40 training trials per day showed more learning transfer from the trained direction to the untrained directions than the group with 1080 training trials per day immediately after training and 2 weeks later. These findings suggest that perceptual learning of motion direction discrimination is not always dependent on the daily training amount and less training leads to more transfer.
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only