Some Determinants of Chunk Size in Sequential Behavior: Individual Differences in the Transcription of Alphanumeric Strings

AbstractStudies have shown that temporal chunk measures in transcription tasks can be used to assess competence in various domains. However, in other tasks, chunking strategies and thus performance differences can be highly variable across participants. If such individual differences are also large in transcription tasks this would undermine the use of chunk-based competence measures. Using four stimuli with fixed spatial structures this experiment demonstrates that there is good consistency in chunking strategy across 52 participants in two types of transcription tasks. The experiment spans 16,000 data points.

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