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We have tested human visuo-motor adaptation in rotated-feedback tasks in which subjects first learn to move a cursor to visual targets with a rotational perturbation between joystick and cursor, and are then challenged with the opposing rotation. We then retest the subjects in the original adaptation task, to measure retention of a short-term memory of its earlier learning. Others have used similar tasks and report retrograde interference between one task and the short-term motor memory of the preceding task, such that later performance is impaired. However, we show that in the short-term conditions tested here, these effects can be considered as anterograde interference effects between the two tasks and we find no evidence of retrograde interference.

Original publication




Journal article


Exp Brain Res

Publication Date





201 - 210


Adaptation, Physiological, Adolescent, Adult, Cues, Feedback, Psychological, Female, Humans, Learning, Male, Memory, Short-Term, Middle Aged, Movement, Photic Stimulation, Psychomotor Performance, Rotation, Verbal Behavior, Visual Perception