Chunking Phenomenon in Complex Sequential Skill Learning in Humans

  • V. S. Chandrasekhar Pammi
  • K. P. Miyapuram
  • Raju S. Bapi
  • Kenji Doya
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3316)


Sequential skill learning is central to much of human behaviour. It is known that sequences are hierarchically organized into several chunks of information that enables efficient performance of the acquired skill. We present clustering analysis on response times as subjects learn finger movement sequences of length 24 arranged in two ways – 12 sets of two movements each and 6 sets of four movements each. The experimental results and the analysis point out that greater amount of reorganization of sequences into chunks is more likely when the set-size is kept lower and discuss the cognitive implications of these findings.


Chunking Sequence Learning Skill Acquisition Clustering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. S. Chandrasekhar Pammi
    • 1
  • K. P. Miyapuram
    • 1
  • Raju S. Bapi
    • 1
  • Kenji Doya
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information SciencesUniversity of HyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Computational Neuroscience LaboratoriesATR InternationalKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Okinawa Institute of Science and TechnologyGushikawa, OkinawaJapan

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