Motor tests involving "continuous discriminative reactions" or "serial action" are being standardized by the psychologist with the end in view of reproducing, in dealing with his practical problems, the actual conditions of simple daily motor activities more closely than obtained in the traditional reaction time tests. These newer measures of motor capacity recognize the essentially fluid character of stimuli and reactions - their fundamentally continuous interplay, which is apparent not only in simple motor achievements like walking or handling tools, but also in the complex activities of the musician, the telegrapher, the typist, or the expert mechanician. In the analysis, therefore, of motor capacities for clinical, vocational, or industrial purposes, the performance of a subject in a standardized test of serial action may serve as an index of his basic motor capacity, applicable to many problems.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1920 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Hansen, C. Frederick
"Serial Action as a Basic Measure of Motor Capacity,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 27(1), 234-235.
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