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Serial Interception Sequence Learning

A game-like learning task that is particularly effective at producing implicit learning.

If you’d like, you can try it yourself at:


Some published reports that have used SISL to understand learning and memory

  • Chon, D., Thompson, K.R. & Reber, P.J. (in press).  Motivation to avoid loss improves implicit skill performance.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition.
  • Sanchez, D.J., Yarnik, E.N. & Reber, P.J. (2015). Quantifying transfer after perceptual-motor sequence learning: How inflexible is implicit learning? Psychological Research, 79, 327-343.Sanchez, D.J., Yarnik, E.N. & Reber, P.J. (2015) Psychological Research
  • Thompson, K.R., Sanchez, D.J., Wesley, A.H., & Reber, P.J. (2014). Ego depletion impairs implicit learning. PLoS one, 9(10), e109370.
  • Bojinov, H., Sanchez, D.J., Reber, P.J., Boneh, D. & Lincoln, P. (2014). Neuroscience meets cryptography: Crypto primitives secure against rubber hose attacks. Communications of the ACM, 57(5), 110-118.Bojinov, H. (2015) Communications of the ACM
  • Gobel, E., W., Blomeke, K., Zadikoff, C., Simuni, T., Weintraub, S., Reber, P.J. (2013).  Implicit perceptual-motor skill learning in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Parkinson’s diseaseNeuropsychology, 27, 314-321. Gobel_Neuropsychology2013
  • Sanchez, D.J. & Reber, P.J. (2013).  Explicit pre-training instruction does not improve implicit perceptual-motor sequence learningCognition, 126, 341-351. SanchezReberCognition2013
  • Antony, J.W., Gobel, E.W., O’Hare, J.K., Reber, P.J. & Paller, K.A. (2012). Cued memory reactivation during sleep influences skill learning.Nature Neuroscience, 15, 1114-1116. nn.3152
  • Sanchez, D.J. & Reber, P.J. (2012). Operating characteristics of the implicit learning system supporting serial interception sequence learningJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 439-452. Sanchez&Reber2012
  • Gobel, E.W., Parrish, T.B. & Reber, P. J. (2011).  Neural correlates of skill acquisition: Decreased cortical activity during a serial interception sequence learning task.Neuroimage. GobelParrishReber2011
  • Gobel, E.W., Sanchez, D.J. & Reber, P.J. (2011). Integration of temporal and ordinal information during serial interception sequence learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition. GobelSanchezReber JEP2011
  • Sanchez, D.J., Gobel, E.W. & Reber, P.J. (2010). Performing the unexplainable: Implicit task performance reveals individually reliable sequence learning without explicit knowledgePsychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 790-76. SanchezGobelReber PBR2010