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Brain, Perception, MemoryAdvances in Cognitive Neuroscience$
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Johan J. Bolhuis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524823.001.0001

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Models of memory: the case of imprinting

Models of memory: the case of imprinting

(p.267) 15 Models of memory: the case of imprinting
Brain, Perception, Memory

Patrick Bateson

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews recent tests of a neural net model of imprinting. The timing of imprinting, the features that most readily trigger learning, and the motor systems that are linked to representations stored as a result of learning are all specific to the functional context of forming a social attachment to one or both parents. Tune plays a different role in classical or instrumental conditioning from that which it does in perceptual learning. The order in which different events are experienced may matter a lot when one event causes the other. However, the order does not matter at all when the experiences are different views of the same object. Some behavioural and physiological evidence from studies of imprinting in chicks suggests that these two broad functions are served by different subprocesses but that the subprocesses are, nevertheless, in touch with each other.

Keywords:   neural net model, imprinting, motor systems, instrumental conditioning, perceptual learning

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