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Science of Memory: Concepts$
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Henry L. Roediger, Yadin Dudai, and Susan M. Fitzpatrick

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310443.001.0001

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(p.35) Part 2 Learning
Science of Memory: Concepts

Robert A. Rescorla

Anthony Dickinson

Elizabeth A. Phelps (Contributor Webpage)

Steve E. Petersen

Oxford University Press

This part presents four chapters on the concept of learning. The first chapter argues that learning is a pre-theoretical, possibly even a pre-scientific, concept. The second discusses three concepts that are central to more than one theory: associative strength, associability, and prediction error. The third focuses on challenges in linking the primary, behavioral indication of learning with cellular and systems neurobiological approaches to learning mechanisms. The fourth chapter presents a synthesis of the chatpers in this part.

Keywords:   associative strength, associability, prediction error, learning mechanisms, pre-theoretical concept, pre-scientific

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