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Transfer of configural learning between the components of a preexposed stimulus compound: implications for elemental and configural models of learning

Allman, Melissa Jayne and Honey, Robert Colin 2006. Transfer of configural learning between the components of a preexposed stimulus compound: implications for elemental and configural models of learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 32 (3) , pp. 307-313. 10.1037/0097-7403.32.3.307

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Abstract

In 2 experiments, rats received preexposure to 2 compound contexts: AB and CD for the congruent group and AC and BD for the incongruent group. Subsequently, all rats received a configural discrimination in which separate placement in contexts A or B indicated that presentations of stimulus X would be followed by food and presentations of Y would not, and separate placement in contexts C and D indicated that Y would be followed by food and X would not. In both experiments, rats in the congruent group acquired the conditional discrimination more rapidly than those in the incongruent group. These results are inconsistent with conventional associative accounts of either stimulus preexposure effects or configural learning and instead provide support for a connectionist account.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 0097-7403
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:07
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/33039

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