Extended Data Fig. 4: Error consistency modulates error sensitivity, irrespective of perturbation variance. | Nature Human Behaviour

Extended Data Fig. 4: Error consistency modulates error sensitivity, irrespective of perturbation variance.

From: An implicit memory of errors limits human sensorimotor adaptation

Extended Data Fig. 4

Here we report data adapted from Experiment 1 of Herzfeld et al. (2014)2. a, Participants were placed into 3 different groups: low-switch (z = 0.9), medium-switch (z = 0.5), high-switch (z = 0.1). In each group, perturbations followed a Markov chain shown at top. The +1 state indicates a 13 N-s/m force field perturbation. The −1 state indicates a −13 N-s/m force field perturbation. At the end of each 30-trial perturbation mini-block, retention was measured in probe trials (green) and learning from error was measured in a probe-perturbation-probe sequence (purple). b, By design, each group experienced the same set of perturbations irrespective of perturbation statistics. Here we show the standard deviation of the perturbation in each mini-block. c, We considered pairs of trials during the perturbation period. Here we show reach trajectories for example trial pairs. We separated pairs into consistent errors (left, when the direction of error repeated) and inconsistent errors (right, when direction of error switched). d, We calculated the probability of experiencing an inconsistent error in each group (red shows z = 0.9, green shows z = 0.5 and blue shows z = 0.1). Switch probability increased the fraction of inconsistent errors (ANOVA, F(24,2) = 336, P < 0.001, \(\eta _p^2\) = 0.97; post-hoc Bonferroni-corrected two-sample t-tests, t(16) = 20.28, P < 0.001, d = 9.56, 95% CI = [0.39,0.42] for low-medium; t(16) = 21.49, P < 0.001, d = 10.13, 95% CI = [0.61,0.74] for low-high; t(16) = 11.11, P < 0.001, d = 5.24, 95% CI = [0.24,0.35] for medium-high) e, At left, the error sensitivity measured in each group is shown as a function of mini-block (25 mini-blocks in total). At right, the change in error sensitivity from the baseline block to the last 5 three-trial probe sequences is shown. Error bars are mean ± SEM.

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