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Perceptual and Associative Learning

Geoffrey Hall


Psychologists studying conditioning in animals have developed the traditional notion of association formation to produce formal theories of the mechanisms involved that have wide explanatory power. Some indeed have suggested that the associative principle underlies all instances of learning. This suggestion is challenged by the existence of a range of perceptual learning phenomena, taken to indicate that the perceptual effectiveness of events (stimuli) can be changed by experience. It has been asserted that the learning process involved in such change is not associative. This book examines thi ... More

Keywords: perception, conditioning, association, attention, discrimination, generalization, habituation, latent inhibition, acquired distinctiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198521822
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Hall, author
University of York