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Beyond the Learning Curve

Craig Speelman and Kim Kirsner

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780198570417
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191708657 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570417.001.0001
Beyond the Learning Curve

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For years now, learning has been at the heart of research within cognitive psychology. How do we acquire new knowledge and new skills? Are the principles underlying skill acquisition unique to learning, or similar to those underlying other behaviours? Is the mental system essentially modular, or is the mental system a simple product of experience, a product that, inevitably, reflects the shape of the external world with all of its specialisms and similarities? This book takes the view that learning is a major influence on the nature of the processes and representations that fill our minds. Throughout, the book reviews and considers the areas of skill acquisition and lexical representation to illustrate the effects that practice can have on cognitive processes. It also draws parallels between theories in physical and biological domains to propose not only a new theory of mental function, but also demonstrate that the mind is essentially subject to the same natural laws as the physical world. In so doing, this book presents a new perspective on psychology — one that identifies universal principles underlying all behaviours and one which contrasts markedly from the current focus on highly specific behaviours.

Keywords: learning; cognitive psychology; skill acquisition; mental modularity; lexical representation; universal principles; transfer of training; natural laws

Book.  304 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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Challenges in Beyond the Learning Curve

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A new framework in Beyond the Learning Curve

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The lexicon in Beyond the Learning Curve

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