Elemental representation and configural mappings: combining elemental and configural theories of associative learning.
McLaren, Ian P.L.
Learning and Behavior
Springer Verlag (Germany)
This is the author's post print. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13420-012-0079-1.
In this article, we present our first attempt at combining an elemental theory designed to model representation development in an associative system (based on McLaren, Kaye, & Mackintosh, 1989) with a configural theory that models associative learning and memory (McLaren, 1993). After considering the possible advantages of such a combination (and some possible pitfalls), we offer a hybrid model that allows both components to produce the phenomena that they are capable of without introducing unwanted interactions. We then successfully apply the model to a range of phenomena, including latent inhibition, perceptual learning, the Espinet effect, and first- and second-order retrospective revaluation. In some cases, we present new data for comparison with our model's predictions. In all cases, the model replicates the pattern observed in our experimental results. We conclude that this line of development is a promising one for arriving at general theories of associative learning and memory.
Exeter Graduate Fellowship
Exeter Associate Research Fellowship
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Copyright © Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2012
Vol. 40, iss. 3, pp. 320 - 333
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