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Strategy variability: How too much of a good thing can hurt performance

Hansberger, JT and Schunn, CD and Holt, RW (2006) Strategy variability: How too much of a good thing can hurt performance. Memory and Cognition, 34 (8). 1652 - 1666. ISSN 0090-502X

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Recent research (e.g., Siegler, 1996) has discovered the important and vital role that variability plays among strategy use and development over time. However, as many researchers have pointed out (e.g., Miller, 1993), the majority of the research addressing this issue has focused on the outcomes, rather than on the potentially more informative aspects of variability, strategy development, and the process of adaptation. In this study, we examined the role of variability during strategy development, utilizing a longitudinal method. Thirteen participants were studied over 3 months as they coached a simulated football team. The results suggest that variability plays a major iole in adaptive skill acquisition in a dynamic environment - in the direction, however, opposite to that predicted by previous research done with simple static tasks. Copyright 2006 Psychonomic Society, Inc.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hansberger, JT
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Holt, RW
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 January 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Memory and Cognition
Volume: 34
Number: 8
Page Range: 1652 - 1666
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3758/bf03195928
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0090-502X
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 17:39
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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