A new paper using PLAViMoP
a Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition et l’Apprentissage (UMR CNRS 7295), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Université de Poitiers, Université de Tours, Poitiers, France
b Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Institut PPRIME (UPR CNRS 3346), Université de Poitiers, Poitiers, France
Within the theoretical framework of embodied cognition, several experiments have shown the existence of links between action observation and motor learning. Our aim was to assess the effectiveness of an observational learning protocol (action observation training: AOT) of point-light-display (PLD) in judoka. Twenty participants were given 7 days to learn Go-No-Sen. During this time period, all of the participants received conventional kata training consisting of Uchi-komi and Nage-komi (repetition of techniques) on tatami. In addition to this conventional learning, the experimental group watched 5 min of PLD video representing the different kata techniques, whereas the control group watched neutral videos during the same time period. After the learning period, both the qualitative and biomechanical performances on the kata and the transfer abilities were assessed. The results showed better biomechanical performance and transfer ability in the experimental group than in the control group. Therefore, this first experiment suggests that observational learning of PLD may be beneficial for the acquisition of judo techniques. Future experiments will be needed to specify the mechanisms that are involved in this effect.
Supplementary materials: https://osf.io/w948f/