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Nonmonotonic extrapolation in function learning

Bott, Lewis and Heit, Evan 2004. Nonmonotonic extrapolation in function learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition 30 (1) , pp. 38-50. 10.1037/0278-7393.30.1.38

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This article reports the results of an experiment addressing extrapolation in function learning, in particular the issue of whether participants can extrapolate in a nonmonotonic manner. Existing models of function learning, including the extrapolation association model of function learning (EXAM; E. L. DeLosh, J. R. Busemeyer, & M. A. McDaniel, 1997), cannot account for this type of extrapolation pattern. We present the results of an experiment in which participants were shown a series of paired stimulus–response magnitudes where the relationship between these 2 dimensions conformed to a cyclic function. Participants were shown to extrapolate from these training data in a nonmonotonic way, contrary to predictions from EXAM. A new model of function learning is presented, which predicts responses more accurately than EXAM.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ISSN: 0278-7393
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:48

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