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Contributions of functional neuroimaging to theories of category learning

Paul J. Reber

in Neuroimaging of Human Memory

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199217298
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217298.003.0007
Contributions of functional neuroimaging to theories of category learning

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This chapter provides evidence in support of a specific theory of the cognitive representations that support visual category learning using functional magnetic resonance imaging. It reviews data showing that category learning not only recruits regions that have been previously implicated in learning and memory processes but also regions implicated in perceptual processing. These findings clearly support psychological theories claiming distinct mechanisms for different types of learning and they provide a basis for understanding how these systems are modified due to experience.

Keywords: cognitive representations; category learning; functional magnetic resonance imaging; learning; memory; perceptual processing; psychological theories

Chapter.  8661 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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