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Acta Psychologica Sinica ›› 2022, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (7): 779-788.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2022.00779

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Exploring the representational mechanism of implicit sequence learning: Evidence from eye movements

LU Zhanglong(), LIU Mengna, LIU Yujie, MA Panpan, ZHANG Ruiping()   

  1. School of Education, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, China
  • Received:2021-08-06 Published:2022-07-25 Online:2022-05-19
  • Contact: LU Zhanglong,ZHANG Ruiping;
  • Supported by:
    Propaganda Department of the CPC Central committee publicizes the ideological and cultural youth talent project;Humanities and social sciences research project of Henan Provincial Department of Education(2020-ZDJH-419)


As one of the most fundamental research questions in implicit learning, how implicit sequence learning is represented remains elusive. Using eye tracking technology, three experiments were conducted to explore the representation mechanism of implicit sequence learning. Results showed that sequence learning occurred 1) under the conditions of mixed saccade of perceptual sequence and mixed saccade of reaction sequence. 2) under the condition of prosaccade and anti-saccade; and 3) occurs with and without distracted anti-saccade, and there is no significant difference in sequence learning amount between them. The whole study shows that the representation of implicit sequence learning depends on sequence information.

Key words: sequence learning, representation, antisaccade, mixed saccade, eye movements