Associative theory and the phenomena of perceptual learning

Geoffrey Hall

in Perceptual and Associative Learning

Published in print November 1991 | ISBN: 9780198521822
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191706677 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

 Associative theory and the phenomena of perceptual learning

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This chapter outlines what is referred to as the standard associative model, which is a summary of the basic principles common to various current theories of associative learning. This model concerns the processes involved in the formation of associations between the central representations of stimuli, but finds no place for the notion that the nature of these representations might be modified by experience. The chapter goes on to summarize some of the phenomena that have been taken as evidence for such perceptual learning. These are divided into two categories: those produced by mere exposure to a stimulus; and those produced by discrimination training in which different stimuli are associated with different consequences. Experimental studies falling into the first category are examined in detail in Chapters 2-4 and 7; those falling into the second category are examined in Chapters 5 and 6.

Keywords: associative learning; discrimination learning; exposure learning; standard associative model

Chapter.  11968 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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