On 14 December Desiree Capel will defend her PhD thesis on sequential learning, domain generality, and developmental dyslexia.
This thesis explores sequential learning, the implicit learning of item sequences with a specific statistical structure. Two research questions were investigated. The first is whether sequential learning is a domain-general learning mechanism. Both 8-month-old infants and adults were tested on their sequential-learning capabilities in more than one domain. The infants were tested in the (auditory) language and in the visuospatial domains, the adults also in the visual domain. Neither the infant nor the adult experiments provided a conclusive answer to this question, because performance on sequential learning did not correlate significantly or strongly across domains in either age group.