By Adam Young

In 1997, Pollock and Lee studied the effects of training styles on learning. 48 people (24 seven year olds and 24 university students) practiced a task (ballistic aiming) under two different conditions:

  • Blocked practice (same thing over and over) and
  • Random practice (mixing it up)

They performed 90 ‘learning’ trials, followed by 20 transfer and 20 retention trials. Basically, they gave them a lot of practice and then tested how well they retained skill from that practice.

What happened to the adults?

The adults performed the task much better when using blocked …

Read the rest of what Adam has to say about Performance Versus Learning in the July 2016 Monthly Handicap Improver here:

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