Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Committee Member

Mark A. Guadagnoli

Number of Pages



The role environmental context has on performance level may change based on the skill being learned and the performer of that skill. The present study was designed to examine the role of environmental context in the learning of a 4-key motor sequence task. The present study had two primary purposes: first, replicating findings of a limited context effect in younger adults, and second, extending the findings to older adults to look at changes related to aging and environmental context. ANOVA results revealed no significant context effect in the present study for younger adults, and therefore comparisons between younger and older adults could not be made. Analysis of the data suggests the possibility of low performance levels in the current study being at least one factor related to context dependencies not developing in the learning of the 4-key motor sequence task.


Adults; Context; Dependencies; Key; Learning; Motor; Older; Sequence; Younger

Controlled Subject

Developmental biology; Developmental psychology; Gerontology

File Format


File Size

2048 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


If you are the rightful copyright holder of this dissertation or thesis and wish to have the full text removed from Digital Scholarship@UNLV, please submit a request to and include clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.


IN COPYRIGHT. For more information about this rights statement, please visit