Implications of Control in Routine Skilled Performance

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Aderhold, Leslie A.
Graduate Program:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
May 12, 2009
Committee Members:
  • Richard Alan Carlson, Thesis Advisor
  • William Ray, Thesis Advisor
  • Rick Owen Gilmore, Thesis Advisor
  • skilled performance
  • routine skill
  • control
This thesis describes a series of experiments that were conducted to examine the influence of certain types of external actions and certain forms of goal criteria on routine skilled performance. Two preliminary experiments and three main experiments using an event counting task demonstrated that when external actions were made to control the timing and appearance of environmental information required for one-to-one binding with internal information, this binding became less or more successful under different control conditions. The type of goal criterion used in assessing task completion also influenced performance and suggested that internal forms of a goal criterion may be more beneficial to routine performance than external forms that necessitate monitoring for environmental events.